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Lilly Diabetes pulls sponsorship from Conor Daly because of what his FATHER said 30 years ago

Lilly Diabetes pulls sponsorship from Conor Daly because of what his FATHER said 30 years ago

Before Conor was even born

The word and thought police have reached brand new levels of crazy. Professional race car driver Conor Daly has lost a sponsorship because his father reportedly uttered a racial slur in the 1980’s.  To put this in some perspective, Conor wasn’t born until 1991, yet he is paying for the sins of his father.

I had to double-check this report to make sure it wasn’t satire, but sure enough, Conor’s dad allegedly said the “N” word more than thirty years ago, so Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of his son‘s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.

The problems began when Colts play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey was overheard telling a story about something he’d heard and during the telling of which he used the racial slur, quoting someone else (who was later identified as Conor’s father, though he disputes the details).

WTHR reports:

WISH-TV has fired racing analyst Derek Daly after learning Daly used the racial slur that former Indianapolis Colts play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey later repeated in a story, which led to Lamey’s departure from the Colts.

That information corroborates what WTHR was told by the radio employee who filed the complaint against Lamey. 13 Investigates learned that just days before Lamey announced his retirement, a complaint was made against him, alleging he used the “N-word.” It was made by a radio employee, who claims she heard Lamey say the racial slur, was shocked, and had to speak up.

. . . .  The employee says Lamey used a racial slur off the air, in a conversation after a radio interview last Tuesday at Colts Camp. She says he was telling a story about when he worked at IMS, sharing what someone else said at the track. “He had asked me if the mics were off and I said, ‘Yeah, I turned everything off. You’re fine,'” the employee recalled. “Bob Lamey’s describing this person saying he was asked in an interview, ‘Do you think anyone’s holding back their speed at IMS during quals? Do you think anyone’s holding back?’ And that person had replied ‘there aren’t any ‘blank’ in this race.”

She says Lamey didn’t say “blank” in retelling that story, and used a racial slur. “He said the ‘N-word,’ yeah. He thought it was OK to use that type of language at work. He was like, ‘Oh I’m so so sorry. I’m so sorry if you’re offended by this. I didn’t mean to offend anyone’ and I was like ‘I’m black and I wouldn’t ever say that word’ and sort of just told him how it hurt me and how I don’t think he should say it ever, even if he’s telling a story,” the radio employee said.

“Then once he saw my face and realized he had messed up he had started really like profusely apologizing saying ‘Please don’t tell anybody.’ When I left he said it again, ‘Please don’t tell anybody. Don’t mention this to anyone’. I think he was apologizing so much because he knows it’s wrong and he knows that people lose their jobs for that.”

Earlier this week, Conor’s father, Derek Daly was fired from his WISH-TV job as a racing analyst after it surfaced that he may have been the subject of Lamey’s story and the one who had used the racial slur in the early 1980’s.  At that time, Daly was an Irish race car driver who had just relocated from his native Ireland  and was unfamiliar with how loaded that word can be in this country.

The IndyStar reports:

Broadcaster Derek Daly denies being the original source of the racial slur that forced longtime Colts play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey to retire and caused WISH-TV to sever its ties with Daly.

. . . . But in a statement provided to IndyStar on Thursday afternoon, Daly denied confirming that he was the source of Lamey’s story. Daly said he admitted to WISH-TV that he had used the n-word during an interview in the early 1980s. He said that he told WISH the conversation including the slur was with then-IMS radio announcer Larry Henry.

. . . .  Daly, however, wrote in his statement that he had used the racial slur after Henry asked him how things were going with his new team.

“I responded by explaining that I was a foreign driver now in America, driving for an American team, with an American crew, and with an American sponsor – and that if things did not go well, the only ‘n-word in the wood pile’ would be me.

“At the time, I meant that I, as the new foreigner on the team, would shoulder the blame and I would be the scapegoat. This was not in any way shape or form meant to be a racial slur. This phrase was commonly used in Ireland, Britain, and Australia. When I used that phrase in the early 80’s, I had no idea that in this country that phrase had a horribly different meaning and connotation, as it was commonplace in Ireland. After moving to the United States, I quickly learned what a derogatory term it was. When I was first informed of this, I was mortified at the offense I might have caused people. I have therefore never used the word since.”

In an email sent to IndyStar along with his statement, Daly provided links to stories about prominent members of the England’s military and government using the same offensive phrase.

Daly’s full statement can be read here.

It’s really not clear why one story differs so greatly from another, but the bottom line is that the senior Daly admitted to using the slur in the 1980’s, lost his job for it this week, and now his son is being punished as well.

The Indy Channel reports:

Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.

Lilly said in a statement Friday that its sponsorship was intended to raise awareness for treatment options and resources for people living with diabetes.

“Unfortunately, the comments that surfaced this week by Derek Daly distract from this focus, so we have made the decision that Lilly Diabetes will no longer run the No. 6 at Road America this weekend,” Lilly said.

Primarily an IndyCar driver, Conor Daly is making his NASCAR debut at the rural Wisconsin road course Saturday with Roush Fenway Racing. Messages left for a team spokesman seeking comment were not immediately returned on Friday night.

I’m not a fan of people who have zero to do with policy being lambasted, even losing income, for something they said thirty years ago, but this latest SJW-PC police lunacy is a bridge far too far.  How long before we have to undergo DNA testing and genealogy-based background checks to ensure that our family tree is devoid of anyone who ever said anything offensive?  Tragically, I’m only half-kidding.


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Inherited guilt, guilt by facial association, or Jew… I mean, White privilege, are all forms of color judgments (e.g. diversity).

Still say that word a few times a day – more than a few if I actually LEAVE THE HOUSE.

Careful about saying it in publics forums, as I am I member of a union down here that has 965 black members, and 4 white ones (talk about your affirmative action).

If I didn’t have a business, could go down for shape-up at 5AM and get out to work EVERY DAY – because the union would fear being accused of NOT LETTING ME WORK, because of my race. This was even SUGGESTED BY SOME OF MY UNION BROTHERS as a method to guarantee working.

Unlike other folks nowadays – I don’t judge mefit by skin color – but by integrity and character.

I was in a group (old therapy group, where we also tackled a lot of current topics that illustrate core values) and the facilitator asked who in the room still used “the n-word”. Mine was the only hand that went up – also commented that I still say c*cksucker and f@gg*t (much to the chagrin of the gay couple in the room). Facilitator loves my candor and aggressively NON-PC ATTITUDE.

    RSConsulting in reply to RSConsulting. | August 26, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Give them a minute – they haven’t gotten to the classics yet. They’ll change it or burn all copies. Yeah, book burning right around the corner it seems – along with statue toppling.

    That was the point of my groups discussion. At what point does PC trump 1A. When are words just words – and not things you ruin peoples lives/livelihoods with.

    My (frequent) use of the word, could jam me up professionally. I use it in public – and friends look around to see if there are any black people that might be offended. Unless it’s directed at THEM PERSONALLY – it’s none of their damn business. OTOH – calling them(selves) “African American” is BS too. David Webb (brilliant black conservative radio personality), askes people that call themselves that, “what tribe & region did they come from?” – how about just being PLAIN OLD AMERICAN – or BLACK AMERICAN (or just PLAIN OLD AMERICAN).

    Buncha horseshit far as I’m concerned…


What are the chances that Lilly Diabetes was just looking for an excuse to stop sponsoring?

    Still, normalization of diversity… that’s bad voodoo. They should return to control and pull another lever.

    Another Voice in reply to Dejectedhead. | August 26, 2018 at 10:05 am

    More likely a CEO who works directly with their lobbyist’s in DC was advised to use the advertisement budget adjustment as a leverage tactic to advance forward or squash a piece of legislation affecting pharmaceuticals and is looking for a few favorable votes in committee.

Meanwhile, liberals can say anything, no matter how offensive.

    DaveGinOly in reply to puhiawa. | August 25, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Use an offensive word 35 years ago and suffer for it. Put national security at risk in order to cover up “pay for play” and you remain free to make oodles of money on the speaking circuit. Brilliant country we’re running here.

Hey, I’ll bet there are tons of Hollywood stars with relatives that were around shortly after the Civil War. They probably said something unacceptable today, too. Or maybe even some with ancestors around during Jim Crow.


All these people rending their garments over a word have no problem segregating people over the color of their skins. They don’t even blush when they say or imply that those they call ‘people of color’ are generally too dumb to figure out how to obtain a photo ID.
They don’t blink when they say that our children can’t make it in the school system by their own merit and therefore need a little help in the form of lower standards or expectations.
The hypocrisy has no limits.

This is one reason why I have problems writing believable over-the-top fiction, because reality is so freaking weird.

    Matt_SE in reply to georgfelis. | August 26, 2018 at 3:32 am

    The weirdest part of the right deals with Trump, but the reasons and motivations are still understandable. The really weird stuff is all on the left.

legacyrepublican | August 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

154 years ago, my great great grand uncle was killed in a skirmish line just before the battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

148 years later, along with my family, we visited his grave at the Marietta National Cemetery after visiting the location he was shot. We were warmly welcomed by the locals.

Seems to me that we should have been shunned and spat on still according to the MSM. But, that wasn’t the case.

If in 150 years we can go from being spat on to being welcomed, then my great great grand uncle didn’t die in vain.

Conner Daly was telling a story of how things were years ago of the air. It was a story of how things were thought of back then.

It would be a testimony to how things have changed if he could tell it without facing a radical stoning for blasphemy.

DieJustAsHappy | August 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm

When I first saw this reported, I went looking for the punchline. Finding none convinced me that I’m losing it ’cause the world just couldn’t be getting so daft!

What utter bullshit. Nanny Corporation is just as odious as Nanny State. Maybe worse. Gah.

    Daiwa in reply to Daiwa. | August 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    They are entitled to sponsor (or not sponsor) whomever they wish. They could have ended their sponsorship without explanation (or with the usual banalities) but, no, their PR department had to publicly virtue signal. which is nauseating.

    At one time I had a lot of respect for Lilly as a company; they did a lot of good things in Indiana in particular. Not so much now.

    Matt_SE in reply to Daiwa. | August 26, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Pro: Nanny corporations don’t have the power of the police.
    Con: Nanny corporations can’t be kicked out of office, and if they have a de-facto monopoly the market won’t get rid of them either. Also, let’s face it: most consumers don’t have the political awareness or discipline to boycott, especially if the corporation’s products are very useful (e.g. Apple).

      MajorWood in reply to Matt_SE. | August 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I don’t own any Apple products and I lead a very full life. Sure, I can’t surf the net “creatively,” or read email “creatively,” or listen to music “creatively,” but I still get by.

I read Huckleberry Finn when I was in High School. There, I said it.

this is the PR representative:
Julie Williams, (317) 627-4056; [email protected]

    Thank you.
    I do try to call/email on these things. We need to speak up-
    loudly and frequently. I’m tired of the left steamrolling us at every turn.

This wont stop without a boycott or civil rights lawsuit.

Still buy crap on amazon?

Maoism spreads easily on the left

This endocrinologist says Humalog and Basalglar are dead to me. Plenty of other alternatives.


Just lie back and think of Mother Diversity . . .

Is not the KKK and slavery part of the Democrat past? The reaction by the SJWs starts when? Or, did I miss it? Oh, it was reassigned to the Republicans.

“The word and thought police have reached brand new levels of crazy.”

The modern resurgence of Puritanism operating under the aegis of social-justice is as destructive as most social movements can be.