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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne apologizes after criticizing breastfeeding

12.29.11 at 2:27 pm ET
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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne took to Facebook on Wednesday night to apologize for a series of tweets about breastfeeding. While at a supermarket Tuesday, Kahne noticed a woman breastfeeding her child and opined about it on Twitter.

Tweeted Kahne: Just walking though supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn’t!

Added Kahne: One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty.

I don’t feel like shopping anymore or eating.

A woman responded to Kahne by tweeting: I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty.

Answered Kahne: And your a dumb b*tch.

The tweets were later erased by Kahne, who offered an apology on Facebook.

“I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people,” he wrote. “For that, I apologize. It was in no way my intention to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breastfeeding children. I want to make that clear.

“In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter. It obviously wasn’t the correct approach, and, after reading your feedback, I now have a better understanding of why my posts upset some of you.

“My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion.

“I respect the mother’s right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases.”

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