The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowawill cut ties with an announcer who went on a racist rant against Black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality.
The track says its leaders “do not condone” the comments made by the announcer before the races on July 15.
In its statement, the speedway said the man who made the comments was filling in for its lead announcer and would not be employed at any future track events.
“It was not okay, and it will not be happening again.
Kossuth County Speedway looks forward to proving to our fans, drivers and crews that we can and will do better.”
The announcer’s comments were broadcast on FloRacing, which provides livestreams of racing events that sasaid in a statement that the announcer’s
“opinions and language do not reflect our core values or have a place on our platform.”
Please see the attached photo for a statement regarding comments made by a fill-in announcer at the races on July 15th. pic.twitter.com/DjEDq3WiFH— Kossuth County Speedway (@KCSpeedway) July 22, 2021
In a video posted on Twitter (since deleted) the announcer told the crowd before the national anthem that he wanted to make
“a social service announcement”
I’ve got four words for you: Find a different country if you won’t do it.
Get the hell out of dodge.”
Cheers in the crowd can be heard as the unnamed announcer added that he was outraged that the NFL is considering playing the Black national anthem before games this season
“for those folks, I guess the darker toned skin color, I’ll just say, Blacks.”
They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking about doing i. I just say shut the TVs off and let them play in front of nobody.”
The speedway didn’t name the announcer but Fairmont Raceway identified him on its Facebook page as its longtime track announcer, Lon Oelke.
Fairmont Raceway promoter Jon McCorkell wrote that Oelke would “absolutely be announcing” races Friday night and would receive a standing ovation before the national anthem.
McCorkell added that he agreed
“with all of Lon’s comments and opinions”
The post on McCorkell’s FB page now says…
(via NBC News)