NASCAR boss condemns the ‘jackass’ flying a Confederate flag over Talladega earlier than Sunday’s race

Steve O’Donnell has made clear on a number of events how he feels in regards to the flag NASCAR is not permitting to be displayed at its occasions and properties. He despatched one more clear sign Sunday.

O’Donnell, who’s NASCAR’s government vice chairman and chief racing improvement officer, tweeted a message just a few hours earlier than Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in response to an enormous Confederate flag banner with the phrases “Defund NASCAR” being flown by a airplane over the observe.

You gained’t see a photograph of a jackass flying a flag over the observe right here…however you will notice this…Hope EVERYONE enjoys the race at present.

— Steve O’Donnell (@odsteve) June 21, 2020

Some media members protecting Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega snapped pictures of the banner flying over the observe.

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NASCAR’s race weekend at Talladega has produced predictable protests from folks who proceed to advertise the Confederate flag within the wake of its prohibition from races. The announcement of the flag ban got here June 10 amid international protests towards racial injustice.

“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,” NASCAR’s assertion learn. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

Sunday’s Cup Series race at Talladega marks the primary NASCAR occasion because the COVID-19 outbreak that’s open to basic admission ticket holders, albeit in restricted numbers. Up to five,000 folks have been capable of buy tickets and attend the Talladega race.

NASCAR’s Confederate flag coverage features a ban of “clothing that is primarily based on the Confederate flag symbol,” in response to Sports Business Journal, and NASCAR is anticipated to implement its new coverage with safety sweeps on the observe.

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