ALGONA, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa running track said Thursday it would sever ties with an announcer who launched a racist rant against black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem for protest against racial inequalities.
Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, said its executives “did not tolerate” comments made by the announcer ahead of the July 15 races, but called them an isolated incident. The speedway did not name the announcer or respond to a request for his name.
The highway and the county fair board said its management did not hear the announcer’s comments when he made them, and only got their attention by the through a social media post earlier Thursday.
In its statement, the speedway said the man who made the comments was replacing its primary announcer and would not be employed at future track events.
“It was not good and it will not happen again,” the statement said. “Kossuth County Speedway is eager to prove to our fans, drivers and crews that we can and will do better. “
The announcer’s comments were broadcast on FloRacing, which broadcasts live racing events.
In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, the announcer told the crowd he wanted to make a “social service announcement” ahead of the national anthem. He condemned those who “will not defend our flag” or who “kneel” during the hymn.
“I have four words for you: find another country if you don’t,” he said. “Get out of the dodge.”
Cheers from the crowd can be heard at this time. The announcer added that he was outraged that the NFL is planning to play the black national anthem ahead of games this season “for these people, I guess the darker skin color, I will just say, blacks.”
“They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking about doing it,” he said. “I’m just saying turn off the televisions and let them play in front of no one.”