A NASCAR truck driver who got suspended for a social media post says it was taken “out of context.”
Josh Reaume of Reaume Brothers Racing Team issued a half-hearted mea culpa on social media for a photo of his “evening snack.” What the actual snack remains is unknown.
“In regards to NASCAR’s statement involving my social media post: On Thursday I posted a picture of my evening snack and it was taken out of context,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “It was never meant to offend anyone and I’m sorry if it did. I hope that you will judge me by my character and who you know me to be.”
One social media user posted an image of a strudel with a swastika symbol, but a reverse image search proved that to be an older photo. Leaving one to wonder, what the offensive dessert could be.
The 30-year-old Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver was suspended indefinitely for violations of Sections 12.1 and 12.8.1.e of NASCAR’s rule book, which covers bans on “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.”
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was indefinitely suspended in violation of the same rule for using a racial slur in April. Xfinity Series driver Mike Wallace was suspended in September for a similar infraction after posting an offensive statement on Facebook and was ordered to complete sensitivity training before applying for reinstatement.
Reaume went on to defend himself by explaining that he lived in Africa for over a decade and has a diverse family and team.
“I grew up in an ethnically diverse family and West Africa was my home for 13 years,” he wrote. “My team has arguably had the most diverse set of drivers in the history of NASCAR. My goal is to continue to partner with fans, sponsors, drivers, and crew members from all backgrounds and share opportunities. I appreciate everyone’s support. I look forward to Daytona. Josh”