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Ford NASCAR Driver Hailie Deegan To Take Sensitivity Training After Using Slur

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NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan found herself in a bit of a firestorm recently after she was overheard using a term that disparages those with intellectual disabilities during an iRacing event – a popular virtual racing series. The 19-year-old Ford Racing Development driver and soon-to-be NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor issued a swift apology afterward via Twitter.

“Earlier tonight I used an insensitive word during an online race being broadcast on Twitch,” Deegan said. “It was inappropriate slang and a stupid thing to do. I apologize to everyone who was offended by it. There’s no excuse for it, and I know I have to do better for my sponsors and my fans.”

“We are aware of this inappropriate comment. Hailie immediately acknowledged this mistake, has apologized, and promised to be much more thoughtful in the future,” Ford Performance said in a statement.

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As a result of this incident, NASCAR has also announced that Deegan will be required to take sensitivity training prior to the start of the 2021 season. The Twitch stream has since been deleted from her personal stream.

Hailie Deegan, the daughter of Motocross and X Games icon Brian Deegan, is a three-time winner in what is now called the ARCA Menards Series West and was the first female driver to ever win races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Deegan grew up competing in off-road racing but made the switch to stock car racing in 2016.

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Deegan made her series debut with David Gilliland Racing last October at Kansas Speedway driving the number 17 Ford F-150. Now, she’s set to compete in her first season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when it kicks off February 12th for the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Retard refers to people who are ignorant. It does not have any connection to people with disabilities. PC controls our world thanks to the left.

  2. YUP! The libtard RETARDS are such sensitive little creatures.
    Of course Nescar falls right in line with the whiny little snowflakes & tells her she has to go to sensitivity training. Of course the wimpy split tail apologizes all over the place & agrees to be schooled in hurty feelings.
    COMPLETE FAIL!!
    What a bunch of creampuff pansies this nation has become!!!

  3. This is the ultimate in stupidity, who gives a F$#@ if she uses that word. Now the PC world is controlling speech. The Liberals are way worse than HITLER!…….how’s that for insensitive!……NASCAR grow some balls.

  4. Exercise of Free Speech (see 1st Amendment) doesn’t require sensitivity training. She can say what she wants & pi$$ on politically correct RETARDS & NASCAR! That ‘sensitive’ enough for y’all?

  5. Just wondering what Dale Earnhardt (Sr) or AJ Foyt would say if they were told they had to take sensitivity training for a comment they made during a race!

  6. It’s okay non one really watches nascar anymore any way, so no bug lost, we as a club even stopped our nascar contest that we played every week.

  7. Yall got that rite my fellow lefttards – yeehaww !!! Chump 2024 !!! First they stole the election now this !!! I thought this was america !! Time to gather up the guns and storm the capital …again . Goshdang leftards how stupid are we ?? Pretty dang dumb and proud of it .Chump 2024 ( unless Chump is in prison )

  8. Welcome to the brave new world of the Left Wing Democratic Party.
    Congratulations Nascar. Perhaps you didn’t get the memo that they want to eliminate fossil fuel (Gasoline).
    Hope your sensitivity helps you when they ban Stock Car racing.

  9. We need to be careful about what we call ‘HER’. As a gender neutral society this will be offensive to the fruits and nuts taking over America.

  10. This young lady will have to learn that EVERYTHING she says, writes and does will be seen by many and as such she must control herself better. The price of being in the big leagues.

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