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NASCAR driver hopes to make comeback, apologizes for using racial slur

Kyle Larson says he has “definitely grown."
FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson climbs into his car for a practice session for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday, April 14, 2020, by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR mere weeks ago, is now stunningly out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder by the star. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson climbs into his car for a practice session for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday, April 14, 2020, by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR mere weeks ago, is now stunningly out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder by the star. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)(WYMT)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 3:07 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/CBS) - NASCAR driver Kyle Larson says he has “definitely grown” since being suspended for using the n-word during a public event.

“I can fully understand why people would label me a racist,” he told CBS News. “I know deep down I’m not a racist — I said a racist word.”

The slur was heard on the gaming app Twitch in which players can communicate with one another and fans can follow online.

Nearly every sponsor dropped him the next day and Ganassi fired him one day after that. Matt Kenseth came out of retirement to replace Larson last May.

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