NASCAR Driver Quits Sport After League Bans Confederate Battle Flag

As American sports slowly begin to return after a prolonged pandemic hiatus, all eyes are on league leadership to see just how they will address some of the recent tumult that our nation has faced.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department has reignited concerns over the racial tensions that exists in the United States, and have prompted Americans of all stripes to take to the streets in protest.

As with any cultural movement, major corporations and organizations are moving quickly to adapt to the new standards being demanded by the people, and some are being more proactive that others.

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In the case of NASCAR, the sports league went beyond the quintessential boilerplate social media post of support, and moved to ban depictions of the Confederate battle flag at events and on their properties, on account of complaints that the flag was a symbol of oppression and racism.

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This has caused one of their athletes to quit altogether.

Ray Ciccarelli, a NASCAR Truck Series driver, announced on social media Wednesday that he plans to quit the sport shortly after the release of new guidelines that include a ban on Confederate flags at races.

Ciccarelli, 50, took to Facebook to announce that it has been a “fun ride and dream come true” to race, but he is concerned about NASCAR’s direction and will stop racing after 2020.

“I don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love,” he posted. “I could care less about the Confederate Flag, but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is (expletive) 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 was scorched on social media after the announcement, with many users pointing to his not-so-hot record on the track, having never won a single race.

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