NASCAR orders Denny Hamlin to undergo sensitivity training after tweet with racist meme

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NASCAR officials have ordered star driver Denny Hamlin undergo sensitivity training over a recent tweet he posted to his verified Twitter account with a racist joke about Asian drivers — in reference to fellow racer Kyle Larson.

Hamlin must begin the training by the end of the week, a NASCAR spokesperson said. 

Hamlin posted a tweet Monday that showed a brief clip from the cartoon comedy show “Family Guy” in which an Asian woman speaks in a heavily stereotyped accent and says a comment about a turn signal when changing lanes. Over that clip, Hamlin superimposed “Kyle Larson.” Then, once the clip from “Family Guy” ends, the footage cuts to a crash Larson was a part of during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Denny Hamlin was ordered by NASCAR to complete sensitivity training after the driver sent and eventually deleted and offensive tweet.

Hamlin later tried to rationalize his reasons for the message and has since deleted the tweet. By Monday night, he aplogized.

“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 it was offensive. It came across totally wrong. I apologize.”


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