Racecar driver Conor Daly has been stripped of an endorsement ahead of his NASCAR debut this weekend in Wisconsin for something that has little if anything to do with him.
Lilly Diabetes decided to pull the endorsement from Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America for a racial comment his father made more than 30 years ago.
Daly, 26, was not even born when his father made the remark but is being punished anyway.
Lilly Diabetes, who provides treatment options and resources for people facing the challenges of diabetes according to its website, said the comment is a distraction from promoting their mission.
“Unfortunately, the comments that surfaced this week by Derek Daly distract from this focus, so we have made the decision that Lilly Diabetes will no longer run the No. 6 at Road America this weekend,” Lilly said, as the Indy Channel reports.
Derek Daly has denied being the original source of a racial slur that led to the retirement of longtime Indianapolis Colts radio voice Bob Lamey last weekend.
Several news outlets reported that Daly was the source in a story Wednesday. It also led to the station severing its ties with Daly, a freelance racing analyst. Daly is a former CART and Formula One driver.
In a statement, Daly said he admitted to using a racial slur for African-Americans during a radio interview in the early 1980s. Daly, who had just moved to the United States then, said the term had a different meaning and connotation in his native Ireland.
Daly said he was “mortified’” when he learned how the term was used in the United States and has never used it since then. Conor Daly, 26, wasn’t born when his father made the comment.
Derek Daly apologized for his use of the comment more than 30 years ago.
“Finally, I want everyone to know I deeply regret and sincerely apologize for what I said more than three decades ago,” Derek Daly said in a statement, per the Indy Channel.
Some people complained online about the odd punishment.
“Wait… hold up. So a guy loses sponsorship because of a bad remark a family member said 30 years ago and before he was even born??” one user responded. “We are living in criminally stupid times.”
I’ll take ‘Liberal Insanity’ for a $1,000 Alex.
— 🇺🇸 Deb–Unapologetic Plastic Straw User (@debster7301) August 25, 2018
This is crazy. Connor not even born. Why is he held responsible for what his dad said?
— Julie Gray (@juleanngray) August 25, 2018
Out: A five year old tweet gets you fired.
In: A forty year old remark by your dad costs you a sponsorship. https://t.co/SqtPzu6xzb
— Dan (@danieltobin) August 25, 2018
Yup. The driver wasn’t even born yet. Un-freaking-real.
— The Quinntessential (@Quinntessence_) August 25, 2018
I am sure my grandparents said things that would be considered horrible by today’s standards.
Is there a penitence line or is it straight to the incinerators?
— Cody Wilson’s War (@KantBreal) August 25, 2018
Well, he should’ve thought of that before his dad said something that offended people
before he was born https://t.co/SBWFOREMfr
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 25, 2018
— Enemy Of Statists (@enemyofstatists) August 25, 2018
Amazing how quickly we’ve gone from holding people responsible for things they said when they were kids to holding kids responsible for things their parents said before they were born. https://t.co/szo06wxgiT
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) August 25, 2018