NASCAR officials have ordered star driver Denny Hamlin to undergo sensitivity training over a recent tweet he posted on his verified Twitter account with a racist joke about Asian drivers – referring to fellow racer Kyle Larson.
Hamlin should begin training by the end of the week, a NASCAR spokesman said.
Hamlin posted a tweet on Monday showing a short clip from the cartoon comedy program “Family Guy” in which an Asian woman speaks in a strong stereotypical accent and makes a comment about a flashing light when she changes lanes. Over that track, Hamlin superimposed “Kyle Larson.” Then, as soon as the clip of “Family Guy” ends, the footage was of an accident of which Larson was part during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hamlin later tried to rationalize his reasons for the message and has since deleted the tweet. By Monday night, he had apologized.
“I took down a post I made earlier today after reading some of the comments,” Hamlin tweeted. “It was a poor choice of memes and I saw how offensive it was. It seemed completely wrong. I apologize.”