Area Sports for Friday, 6/26

(Leonard Claims Racial Profiling)

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard said he was racially profiled at a Chipotle restaurant in his home state of South Carolina. Leonard said he was sitting down to lunch with friends and was then kicked out by a manager after a white customer falsely accused Leonard of verbally assaulting him. Leonard said in a video on Facebook “That’s what being Black in America is right now … You can’t even enjoy eating anymore.” Chipotle said they have suspended the manager and are investigating the incident.

 

(Some Fans Allowed at Kentucky Derby in September)

Churchill Downs announced that the 146th Kentucky Derby will be open to fans when it runs September 5th, after consultation with Governor Andy Beshear and public health officials. The racetrack will take multiple steps to protect the health and safety of those in attendance, including limiting capacity and strongly encouraging the use of masks. General admission tickets will be limited, and those guests will only be allowed access to the infield.

 

(Double Racing at “Tricky Triangle”)

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend for a historic doubleheader. The series will race back-to-back days Saturday and Sunday at the 2.5 mile triangular track in Pennsylvania, the first such doubleheader in modern NASCAR history. Aric Almirola will start on pole alongside Talladega winner Ryan Blaney after a random draw Thursday.

 

(“Edge” Sharpening His Focus for 2021 Hall Induction)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that the 2020 induction ceremony has been postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. The enshrinement was scheduled for August 8th. One of the players that will have to wait is former Colts legend Edgerrin James. The delay means he could go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his former teammate Peyton Manning, who is eligible for the first time next year and is almost assuredly a lock to be a first ballot inductee.

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