A high school golf coach in Wisconsin resigned from his post a day after he sent racist tweets directed at black NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr.
The Cambridge News got screenshots of the tweets sent by Brent Nottestad in a reply to Wallace. Those tweets have since been deleted. Cambridge High School said Thursday that Nottestad had resigned, effective immediately.
About 7:20 p.m., Nottestad responded: “Will this fella just go away. Can’t drive himself out of an open wet paper bag. Sad to see the sport let this clown with zero ability.”
About 10 minutes later, Nottestad Tweeted again: “Hey @BubbaWallace. Please quit with, ‘I’m black’ bs. You’re terrible. There are 1423 more credible drivers to get that ride than you.”
Here’s the tweet Wallace sent that Nottestad so stupidly and ignorantly responded to. In case you were wondering if 1423 was a random number Nottestad thought of, well, it’s associated with white supremacy.
In a message to ESPN, Nottestad claimed that 1423 was a random number and that he didn’t know what he was thinking sending the messages to Wallace.
There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport..I am the 1. You're not gonna stop hearing about "the black driver" for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey..
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 8, 2017
Wallace also responded to one of Nottestad’s (now deleted) tweets.
Wow, I feel truly sorry for your kids. Again..to have so much hate towards somebody you've never met. Hope your kids grow up to be the exact opposite of a father you are.. https://t.co/yxLhvjjxQ8
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 9, 2017
Wallace will drive Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 car full-time in 2018 and is set to be the only full-time black driver in a NASCAR national series. With his 2013 win in the Camping World Truck Series, Wallace became the first black driver to win a national NASCAR race since Wendell Scott in 1964.
Wallace served as a substitute driver for the No. 43 earlier this season as Aric Almirola was sidelined with a back injury. While Wallace has no wins in 85 career starts at NASCAR’s second level, he got his sixth Truck Series win earlier this season at Michigan. It was the only truck race he’s driven in 2017. Drivers have advanced to the Cup Series with fewer wins.
“The Cambridge School District was made aware of several offensive comments made on social media by Cambridge High School boys’ golf coach, Brent Nottestad,” the school district said in a statement on Thursday. “After a meeting between Mr. Nottestad and school district officials this morning, Mr. Nottestad resigned his position with the district, effective immediately. As this is a personnel matter, no other statements or comments will be forthcoming from the school district.”
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