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NASCAR driver Kyle Larson suspended after using racial slur on Twitch

Published: 13/Apr/2020 8:17 Updated: 28/Apr/2020 13:57

by Andrew Amos

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Kyle Larson, a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, has suspended without pay for using a racial slur during a Twitch stream while participating in a virtual iRacing competition. 

The 27-year-old NASCAR driver has been criticized after using the offensive language during a broadcast, seemingly unaware that his radio was broadcasting to all drivers and viewers.

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The American was participating in the Monza Madness iRacing event, featuring a number of top-class drivers across multiple disciplines.

Just after the race started, Larson asked whether fellow drivers could hear him or not, before dropping the racial slur on his April 12 stream.

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With the communication picked up by everyone, the driver was quickly shot down. “Hey Kyle, you’re talking to everyone,” fellow NASCAR driver Anthony Alfredo responded.

The slur was not only heard on Larson’s stream, which has since been taken down from Twitch. It was picked up in other drivers’ broadcasts, including IndyCar driver Conor Daly. The moment, however, was not caught on the official stream, which was live on the eNASCAR site.

Twitch: Conor Daly
Larson’s comments were caught on other racers’ streams.

Unsurprisingly, Larson’s use of the racial slur did not remain unnoticed by his Chip Ganassi Racing team, who quickly moved to suspend the driver without pay in response to the incident.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, the team wrote that they were “extremely disappointed by what Kyle said during an iRacing event,” prompting them to punish the driver with a suspension that will see him receive no salary from the organization.

“The words that he chose to use are offensive and unacceptable. As of this moment, we are suspending Kyle without pay while we work through this situation with all the appropriate parties.”

Kyle Larson is not the first NASCAR driver to be caught up in controversy since exhibition races have started up online. Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor after rage-quitting a virtual race, with the driver getting annoyed at crashing out.

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That’s not to say the shift for all drivers over to iRacing has been bad. Racing superstars like Lando Norris of Formula 1 fame have made a name for themselves on Twitch as much as they do on the race track, attracting thousands of fans to their streams every day.

On top of that, race organizers have capitalized on the shift online by hosting exhibition races with their top talent. Formula 1, NASCAR, Australia’s V8 Supercars, and more are taking advantage of the opportunity, even having some of the races televised.

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Larson finished the race in 60th, 24 laps down in the 30-lap race. It is a possibility that the six-time NASCAR race winner pulled out early after using the slur, but that is unclear at the time of writing.

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.