Kasey Kahne apologizes for tweets

Updated: December 29, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne apologized Wednesday after expressing his disgust on Twitter when he saw a woman breastfeeding at a grocery store.

Kahne Just walking though supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn't!

-- Kasey Kahne tweet

Kahne tweeted: "Just walking though supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because obviously I was seeing things. I wasn't!"

He went on to describe the scene in more detail before adding #nasty.

Kahne later apologized on his Facebook page.

"I understand that my comments regarding breastfeeding posted on Twitter were offensive to some people," Kahne acknowledged 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 breastfeeding children. I want to make that clear."

Kahne, who has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, got a wide variety of responses for and against public breastfeeding. After a woman tweeted Kahne and disagreed with his stance, Kahne called her a "dumb b----."

"In all honestly, I was surprised by what I saw in a grocery store," Kahne said in his apology. "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."