NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson used the n-word during a live Twitch stream of Sunday’s iRacing Pro Series Event.
During the pandemic NASCAR has featured online races between its drivers using simulators from their home which are streamed on Twitch and occasionally broadcast on television. Larson’s comments were made on Twitch only.
During the race simulations, viewers can hear the drivers talking to each other. Apparently not realizing his volume was on during the online simulation race, Larson said, “You can’t hear me? Hey, n—.”
There was a stunned silence afterward before Anthony Alfredo responded, “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”
Aron MacEachern then stated: “Yup, we heard that.”
Justin Botelho the host of the stream chimed in, “Oh damn, he did not just say that.”
Journalist A.J. Perez commented on Twitter, “Well, @KyleLarsonRacin apparently dropping an n-bomb could be the biggest story in sports this weekend,” and posted the offending video.
Sports Editor and Kansas State beat writer Ryan Black commented, “The crazy thing about this Kyle Larson story — which, I assure you, is only going to get bigger and bigger in the coming hours — is that he came up through NASCAR’s “Drive for Diversity” program. He’s the last driver I would have thought would get caught up in something like this.”
However, another Tweet surfaced from college football writer Nick Broomberg from 2017 where he posted a quote from Larson that the main reason he entered the diversity program was to save his team money.