NASCAR Suspends Driver Noah Gragson Indefinitely Over Insensitive George Floyd Meme

In a significant development, NASCAR has taken decisive action by indefinitely suspending driver Noah Gragson after he allegedly liked an insensitive George Floyd meme on social media. The 25-year-old racing star, in his first full season in the Cup Series, faces repercussions as his team and NASCAR distance themselves from his actions.


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NASCAR Suspends Driver Noah Gragson Indefinitely

  • NASCAR announced the indefinite suspension of driver Noah Gragson after he appeared to like an insensitive George Floyd meme on social media.
  • Gragson, 25, was in his first full season as a driver in the Cup Series when he was replaced in the No. 42 car by Josh Berry.
  • Legacy Motor Club, Gragson’s team, announced the suspension, stating that his actions do not represent their values.

Violation of Member Conduct Rules

  • NASCAR cited Gragson’s violation of the stock car racing’s member conduct section of the rules, which prohibits public disparagement based on people’s backgrounds.
  • The suspension is deemed indefinite, but past cases have shown the possibility of drivers rejoining NASCAR after such suspensions.

Gragson’s Response and Alleged Connection to the Meme

  • Gragson’s statement on the social media platform X acknowledged his actions without directly addressing the alleged meme.
  • He expressed disappointment in himself for his lack of attention and actions on social media, showing understanding of the severity of the situation.
  • The tweet suggests that his suspension may be connected to his apparent approval of the George Floyd meme.

Details and Confirmation of Suspension

  • NASCAR and Legacy Motor Club have not provided further information about the specific reason for Gragson’s suspension.
  • Fox Sports reported that NASCAR confirmed the suspension was indeed related to the meme incident.

The Controversial George Floyd Meme

  • TMZ reported Gragson’s apparent like of the meme, showing a screenshot allegedly coming from his account.
  • The meme featured George Floyd’s face and made reference to his death on May 25, 2020, after a white officer knelt on his neck for 9½ minutes.
  • George Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, and the four officers involved were successfully prosecuted.

Chevrolet’s Response

  • The No. 42 car, associated with Legacy Motor Club, bears the Chevrolet nameplate.
  • Chevrolet issued a statement distancing itself from Gragson’s actions, stating they do not align with the company’s beliefs and brand values.
  • They pledged to work with Legacy Motor Club on determining the next steps regarding Gragson’s suspension.