NASCAR continues to ignore a significant issue

Alvin Kamara, Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)
Alvin Kamara, Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images) /

While NASCAR was quick to penalize Denny Hamlin for sharing a Family Guy clip, they continue to ignore a major legal issue involving an advisor.

When people hear the name Alvin Kamara, they might not think of NASCAR. Interestingly, when NASCAR hears the name Alvin Kamara, it appears they might not think of NASCAR either.

The New Orleans Saints running back was arrested after competing in the NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada back on Sunday, February 6, stemming from a disturbing incident involving himself and three other individuals which took place at a nightclub the day before.

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Kamara was released on $5,000 bond the following day, and his court date was set for Tuesday, March 8, before Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia rescheduled the hearing for Monday, April 25.

This decision came after the attorneys for Kamara and the three other individuals, including Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons, Percy Harris, and Darrin Young, requested more time to review evidence turned over by prosecutors. But on April 25, the date was postponed again for the same reason, this time to Monday, August 1.

And now more than three months later, NASCAR has yet to comment on the matter.

Kamara became NASCAR’s first ever Growth and Engagement Advisor last June after building upon his interest in the sport, which began in 2020 after several drivers, including his close friend Bubba Wallace, took part in acts of social justice.

Wallace led NASCAR to ban the Confederate battle flag from race tracks, and he ran a Black Lives Matter paint scheme at Martinsville Speedway.

Kamara didn’t stop at just being a fan. His juice and smoothie chain, The Big Squeezy, then stepped up to serve as the primary sponsor for Ryan Vargas in the race at the Daytona International Speedway road course in February 2021.

With NASCAR having brought Kamara on board as their Growth and Engagement Advisor shortly thereafter, you’d think that they would have at least acknowledged the fact that they are monitoring the ongoing situation here, given how close they have become with the 26-year-old.

Not a word.

But is it really surprising, considering some of the other bizarre actions and statements that have come from NASCAR over the last few seasons (or over the last few weeks, for that matter)?

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Provided there isn’t another change to the date of the hearing, perhaps they will make some sort of statement on or after Monday, August 1 — which would be nearly six months after the arrest occurred.