NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has been suspended for violating the sport’s member conduct guidelines because of a post he shared on social media.
Wallace, 61, has raced in more than 800 competitions in NASCAR’s top three series. He returned to racing this year for the first time since 2015 as a part-time driver in the Xfinity Series. So far, he has competed in three road course events.
NASCAR officials did not reveal the specific post. However, there are certain guidelines on the matter.
Social media-related suspensions are valid if a:
“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.”
Mike Wallace Suspended For Unknown Social Media Post
Posts on multiple subjects including slavery and gun violence fill Wallace’s Facebook account. Yet, it is still not clear what post led to his suspension, or what the post was about. NASCAR has not responded to a request from Fox News to confirm if the offending post has been removed.
Previous to NASCAR’s announcement of Wallace’s suspension, he posted a warning for his followers about making an “uneducated post.”
“You know as I fly across the United States today I’m (reading) 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!”
Before Wallace returns to racing, he will have to partake in sensitivity training. Once he completes the training, NASCAR will consider his reinstatement.
[H/T FOX News]