Kasey Kahne apologizes for berating breastfeeding mom

Kasey Kahne, driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Kasey Kahne, driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida.
Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne called the sight of a breastfeeding mother at a supermarket "nasty" and then had some nasty things to say to a Twitter follower who questioned his comment.

Now Kahne has issued an apology for the breastfeeding brouhaha.

"I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people," Kahne said in a statement on his Facebook page. "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 breast feeding children. I want to make that clear."

The uproar started Tuesday when Kahne took to Twitter after seeing 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 then added: "One boob put away one boob hanging!! #nasty."

The inevitable backlash was quick to follow with one woman named Deana P. writing: "I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty."

Kahne's diplomatic response? "And your a dumb b*tch."

In his subsequent mea culpa, Kahne apologized directly to Deana P., admitting that he was "out of line."

Hopefully the NASCAR star steered clear of another store yesterday - women across the country protested Target by holding "nurse-ins" at more than 100 stores in 35 states.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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