NASCAR Plays the Coward Over Brandon Brown Deal That References 'Let's Go, Brandon'

Brandon Brown and LGB car, screenshot. Credit: Brandon Brown/Twitter

NASCAR driver Brandon Brown was the guy who Kelli Stavast, the NBC sports reporter, was interviewing when a chant broke out nearby in the stands of “F**k Joe Biden.” Despite the chant being quite clear, Stavast claimed that they were chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon” and a saying was born. It was a comment not just on Biden, but on the media covering up or smoothing things over for Biden and Democrats.

After the saying went viral, Brown said he was concerned about getting sponsorships because of the politics involved, but then as we reported, he decided not to fight the wave but go along with it, signing a deal with LGBCoin.io to sponsor his Xfinity Series car for this year.

LGB stands for “Let’s go, Brandon.” The LGB logo would be featured on the red, white, and blue car.

Brown’s publicist Max Marucci said the paint scheme on the car had been approved by NASCAR in writing prior to the announcement of the deal. But now, NASCAR is backpedaling, announcing that they are still “reviewing” the details. A NASCAR official told Motorsports that Brown “jumped the gun” when he made the announcement.

In other words, someone complained after the deal was announced, and NASCAR is now getting cold feet about something they had already greenlit. Not a good look, NASCAR. If you already approved it, you should have the courage of your convictions, and if you didn’t want to approve it, you shouldn’t have done so begin with.

“I don’t know what happened, any internal conversations,” Marucci said. “But we’re just going to try to work through whatever happens next.”

NASCAR isn’t talking or explaining themselves. The president, Steve Phelps, had previously said he didn’t want the organization to be connected to politics of the left or the right.

That, of course, rings a bit hollow, given that NASCAR approved a Black Lives Matter logo on Bubba Wallace’s car for a race at Martinsville Speedway.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to run #BlackLivesMatter on the car for Martinsville,” Wallace said in a video posted on Richard Petty Motorsports’ Twitter handle.

“This statement that we have right here. … Running this race car. Being on live television. I think it’s going to speak volumes for what I stand for, but also what the initiative that NASCAR, the whole sport, is trying to push.”

In case NASCAR missed it, Black Lives Matter is connected to radical politics and hundreds of riots. And they have an issue with just having “LGB” on a car? Who approved the Black Lives Matter paint scheme, and what were they thinking? And how is that at all consistent? When you approve that, you can’t thereafter hide behind a claim that you don’t want to involve yourself in politics. And they shouldn’t be pulling out of a deal they already made in writing unless they want to invite legal action.

How controversial is it, truly? After all, didn’t Joe Biden agree with “Let’s go, Brandon?” So obviously, the saying is bipartisan as well. Stand by the deal, NASCAR, and don’t be cowards.