NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne Apologizes for Breastfeeding Remarks
12/29/2011 AT 04:00 PM EST
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne issued a Facebook page mea culpa for his expression of disgust on Twitter about public breastfeeding and for calling a female reader a profanity.
"I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people. For that, I apologize," the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota driver, 31, writes. "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."
He also apologized to the Twitter user whom he called a "dumb b–," Deana P., saying he was "out of line."
Although he originally used the hash-tag "#nasty" to describe his supermarket run-in, Kahne says he respects "the mother's right to feed her child whenever and wherever she pleases."
But Kahne – who originally told his Twitter following he "took a second look because I was obviously seeing things" – didn't completely take back his words.
"In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store. I shared that reaction with my fans on Twitter," he says. "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."
He adds: "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."