“If she’d have been a male,” When Richard Petty got in trouble for a ‘SEXIST’ comment on Danica Patrick  

Find out about the time when Richard Petty found himself around heavy public backlash for the "sexist" remarks he made on Danica Patrick.

Richard Petty and Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick has long been one of the most famous at the same time most divisive motor car racers to have entered NASCAR. Danica Patrick is without a doubt one of the if not the most successful female racer of all time and when it comes to the social influence or fan following she is the best out there.


But considering the talent and opportunity which was presented to her Danica Patrick sure had underachieved in her both NASCAR and Indy Series career. Though this is one of the main reasons that has produced a large number of haters to her throughout her career now, it is never an argument to support the sexist and hateful comments that are and has been coming at her.  

One of the most prominent names inside the racing scene got himself in trouble for the comments on Danica Patrick. The successful driver to ever race in the NASCAR cup series and a seven times cup championship winner Richard Petty A.K.A King Petty found himself in wrong after the thoughts he shared on Danica Patrick getting the advantage for being a women racer in NASCAR came out in a sexist sense prompting a strong backlash from the public.  


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What Richard Petty said about Danica Patrick

Richard Petty

Richard Petty pointed out back in 2014 that if Danica Patrick would have been a male nobody would have been talking about her if she showed up to the track and pointed out that being a female racer is the thing that is driving her. He pointed out that it is good PR to have for NASCAR as it will help to draw more attention to the sport and can attract more fans to the racing scene.

If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track. This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, and people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport,” Richard Petty is quoted by USA Today.

After being called out by the public as a sexist Richard Petty later clarified what he was trying to say back then as he pointed out that what he said was just an opinion and it’s unfair to call it sexist. He points out that if Danica Patrick’s name was Danny it wouldn’t have been sexist and nobody would have been talking about it. He insisted that he isn’t a sexist but rather someone who loves women pointing out the fact that he has been married to single women for more than 55 years back then.

What I said is what I said and that’s what I believe, OK?”. What’s unfair is the sexist part. If her name had been Danny, OK, nobody would have said anything about it. It was definitely not sexist, OK? Hey look, I’ve been married 55 years to the same woman. So I am not a sexist in any way. I love women,” Richard Petty said.

Do you think what “King Petty,” said is right, and would he have been canceled nowadays if he states the same?

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Justin P Joy is an F1 and NASCAR content writer at FirstSportz.com. He is a sports enthusiast who loves every sport where body and mind matters. He is a huge motorsports fan and loves to write a read on it. He is currently pursuing his higher studies in economics and is seeking the answer to the question of "why we humans exist"?.