On his radio show Tuesday morning, Steve Harvey criticized a man named Terrance Cox who media reports say filed a $500 million discrimination lawsuit against NASCAR.
Despite Harvey’s efforts to not be involved, Cox named him in the lawsuit, much to the comedian’s displeasure.
“What you are not going to do is drag me into the mud with NASCAR,” Harvey said on Tuesday. “I have no problem with NASCAR. Ain’t never had a problem.”
According to Harvey, he once met with Cox under the impression that Harvey could partner with Cox’s group, Diversity Motorsports Racing, in order to get young men and women interested in NASCAR as a fulfilling hobby or career.
Harvey claims that Cox didn’t want to educate the young people Harvey so often represents, and was more interested in creating a media storm by using black youth to protest outside Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters.
“He was going to boycott Coca-Cola and have all the youth come down there and block the streets,” Harvey said. “I told him I’m not going to send any young kids down to block no streets in Atlanta in front of Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola ain’t done nothing to me. Coca-Cola ain’t done nothing to him. (What) if something happens to one of these kids? You have to be kidding me.”
A NASCAR spokesperson later told TMZ that Cox’s suit is completely without merit.
“Diversity both on and off the track continues to be a top priority for NASCAR and its stakeholders. We stand behind our actions, and will not let a publicity-seeking legal action deter us from our mission,” the spokesperson said.