Kahne apologizes for breastfeeding dig
NASCAR star Kasey Kahne apologized Wednesday night for an outburst on Twitter in which he blasted a mother for breastfeeding in a supermarket.
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The incident occurred Tuesday when the 31-year-old, who lives in Mooresville, NC, saw a woman nursing her child.
"Just walking though supermarket," Kahne tweeted. "See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn't!"
Kahne added, "One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty.
"I don't feel like shopping anymore or eating."
His tweets caused outrage on the social networking site, with one woman named Deana P., posting, "I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty."
Kahne caused further furor by responding, "And your a dumb b*tch," to which she countered, "Stay classy a**hole."
Kahne later deleted his tweet and Wednesday took to Facebook to apologize for his remarks.
"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."