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Marcus Stroman Challenges Kyle Larson To UFC Fight After Racial Slur Video

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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman wants to fight NASCAR driver Kyle Larson.

Larson was fired by his racing team Tuesday after saying “ni**a” on a live stream during a virtual race, and now the Mets pitcher wants a piece of him. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Stroman tweeted Tuesday, “He should never be allowed to race again in @NASCAR. Said that derogatory word so nonchalantly. Your apology doesn’t matter. Post-career…I’ll fight this man in a @ufc event for charity. He needs his ass beat. Would love to hear him say that word in the octagon!”

As dumb as what Larson did is, how is Stroman helping the situation? Is challenging Larson to a UFC fight going to help the situation?

Is it going to help Larson learn why the word shouldn’t be said or is it just going to inflame the situation?

It would seem like the latter is the more likely outcome.

 

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Don’t mistake this as me defending Larson or weighing in on his punishment. That’s certainly not the case. I think what he did was insanely stupid.

You simply can’t drop racial slurs on video streams and expect it not to become a gigantic problem.

 

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Having said that, Stroman should also be smarter on social media. Threatening a guy isn’t a great look for him or the Mets.

Maybe the greatest lesson here is that it’s okay to not say what’s on your mind. Just put the phone down, turn the video games off and chill out.