The son of former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner has apologized for his shocking comments on social media following the discovery of a noose in African-American driver Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega Superspeedway.
Dustin Skinner, a former driver who is now a late model crew chief, commented on Facebook over the weekend that "my hat is off to who put the noose at his car" the Sporting News reported. Skinner also wrote, "I wish they would of tied [the noose] to [Wallace] and drug him around the pits because he has single handedly destroyed what I grew up watching and cared about for 30 years now."
Skinner's words came in stark contrast to the widespread support Wallace received from the NASCAR community in the wake of Sunday's incident.
Skinner, 35, later walked back his original words in a separate post. "(This was not about race at all," he wrote, adding, "It was stupidly foolish for me to say what I said and I truly regret every bit of it, if there was a way to take last night back I would.. all I can do is say I'm sorry I love everyone and wish the world to pull back together and us all find a positive way to agree or disagree!"
Meanwhile, Mike Skinner, who raced in NASCAR's Cup Series from 1986 to 2012, issued two statements distancing himself from his son's comments and calling them "in direct opposition to the values we worked to instill to respect, value and accept all people, regardless of race, gender or sexuality."
NASCAR has vowed to find the person responsible for placing the noose in Wallace's garage. On Monday, officials with the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department announced the incident would be investigated as a civil rights violation.
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