High school golf coach resigns after tweeting racist comments to NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr.

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A high school golf coach resigned a day after sending tweets directed toward Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who next season will become the first full-time African-American NASCAR Cup driver since 1971.

Cambridge (Wis.) High School coach Brett Nottestad tweeted several times to Wallace on Wednesday, including making a reference to Wallace’s grandmother, who died a year ago, when he wrote, “Granny Jan die in a police shooting?”

According to The Cambridge News, Nottestad also tweeted, “Hey @BubbaWallace. Please quit with, ‘I’m black’ bs. You’re terrible. There are 1423 more credible drivers to get that ride than you,” and to a photo of Wallace and a fan, “Almost looks like going to the zoo.”

The number 1423 is often used as a reference to a white supremacist group, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The tweets have been deleted.

Wallace, whose tribute to his grandmother is pinned to his profile, responded to Nottestad’s tweets on Wednesday night.

Nottestad resigned Thursday, according to a news release from the School District of Cambridge administrator Bernie Nikolay.

“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 statement said. “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.”

Nottestad, who coached for four years and held no other positions at the school, declined comment to the Cambridge newspaper.

Nottestad’s tweets came after Wallace had tweeted about his new ride at Richard Petty Motorsports.

An RPM spokesman said the team has no comment on Nottestad’s resignation.



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