NASCAR driver Mike Wallace was suspended indefinitely on Thursday when the company announced he had broken conduct guidelines due to a social media post. While the specific post that led to the suspension is unclear, this isn’t the first time Wallace has been in hot water with NASCAR over his opinions on social media.
Releasing a statement on the penalty, NASCAR announced:
“According to the penalty report, Wallace violated NASCAR Rule Book Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1.e (Member Conduct Guidelines), the last of which states:
‘Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination:
‘Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.’”
In a weird twist of events, Wallace’s departure from NASCAR comes just days after he encouraged his followers to be mindful of what they post. He wrote, “You know as I fly across the United States today I’m ready various people’s political views and I have to say a famous four star Military General that I spent time with in the MidEast told me Mike let me give you some advice don’t ever get in a conversation about politics or religion unless you are really smart. I said why do you say that comment His response it’s like being balanced on a single edge razor blade if you slip you will get cut! Think about that before we all make foolish uneducated post! Moral of this story is most of use just repeat what we have heard we really don’t know.Have a great positive day!”
Not taking his own advice, Wallace’s social media presence was first reported by Fox News when they noticed his Facebook was littered with controversial topics like slavery and gun violence. The 61-year-old Wallace had just returned to NASCAR after a five-year hiatus, with his last win coming at the 2011 Talladega Truck Series.
While suspended, Wallace will have to undergo sensitivity training before NASCAR will entertain the idea of his return to racing. It’s unclear at this time if he will accept their terms.
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on September 13, 2020. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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