Yesterday we reported that NASCAR had banned the Confederate flag at their races.
The car racing company had been feeling a fair bit of pressure from some big faces in the past few weeks before deciding to completely ban the flags.
The only black driver at NASCAR’s highest level, Bubba Wallace openly called for a ban of Confederate flags, saying there is no place in the sport for them anymore.
NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he's quitting because NASCAR banned the Confederate flag.— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 11, 2020
He finished his career with 0 wins.
He went on a long rant shaming kneeling during the anthem & banning the flag: https://t.co/SllEisfyz2 pic.twitter.com/E8CWDBpm1o
In a statement, they revealed:
The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.
Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sports special.
The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.
But now, one of their racers has quit in protest of their decision.
NASCAR truck series driver Ray Ciccarelli, who has zero wins in the series, has quit – saying that it’s ‘political bullsh**’.
Taking to Facebook, Ciccarelli wrote:
Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction NASCAR is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over.
I don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love.
All you are doing is f***ing one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!!
So everything is for SALE!!
Ciccarelli added that he ‘could care less’ about the Confederate flag but that he’s standing up for the rights of those who love it.