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NASCAR Fines Nelson Piquet Jr. $10K For Anti-Gay Slur On Instagram

NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. was fined $10,000 on Tuesday for a homophobic slur he made on Instagram directed at fellow driver Parker Kligerman, USA Today reports:

Insta1In response to fellow Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman's selfie after a workout (pictured right), Piquet wrote a comment with a three-letter slur. Kligerman appeared to laugh it off with a comment of his own, but a fan snapped a screen shot and it caught NASCAR's attention.

In a Twitter exchange with @MatthewBreuer, Piquet said the comment was teasing between friends.

"Don't act like if u have never called your friends names," Piquet said in a now-deleted tweet. "Were (sic) not living in the 50s anymore bud.. jokes are jokes."

The original incendiary comment has since been taken down from Instagram. NASCAR, being none too pleased with Piquet's remarks on social media, responded by issuing the fine and condemning Piquet's actions, according to the AP:

"Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. O'Donnell added the 2013 code of conduct clearly defines NASCAR's position "regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code."

Piquet apologized in a statement.

Insta2"I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week. I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone," the Brazilian said in a statement. "This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward." Turner Scott Motorsports said in a statement it had addressed the issue with Piquet, who understood the team does not tolerate such remarks. "TSM expects those associated with the team to uphold professional standards that we can all be proud of," TSM said in a statement. "Nelson has assured the team that he has learned his lesson and he knows what it means to represent TSM."

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  1. The curious thing is there are a lot of gay rumours about Nelsinho when he was a formula 1 pilot

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 2, 2013 9:56:23 AM

  2. Blaming his *poor choice of words* cracks me up. What would have been a better *choice of words* to reflect his thoughts and feelings at seeing that photo of Kligerman?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 2, 2013 10:05:43 AM

  3. Just $10K. Didn't some NBA player get hit with a much larger fine for the same offense?

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Oct 2, 2013 10:06:47 AM

  4. Unnecessary.

    Posted by: Ted | Oct 2, 2013 10:15:59 AM

  5. Zzzzzzzz. It's all so predictable now: say/write something offensive > people react negatively > issue a "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" press release > life continues.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Oct 2, 2013 10:17:25 AM

  6. Henry Holland; To be fair, his apologize is better than the standard if someone was offended.

    And to be fair, not every culture gets so mad about words. I heard a lot of times mothers calling f****t to their babies, and obviously not were something to insult the toddlers, but something affective. And the same with adults, without the tone it's quite difficult to know if it's used as insult in a hispanic or latin country

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 2, 2013 10:23:09 AM

  7. People need to grow lives...fines don't change attitudes...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Oct 2, 2013 10:37:43 AM

  8. @JJOSE712 What the hell you talking about? You've heard mothers calling their babies f****t and it's meant to be "affective"? Being bilingual, let me hip ya to something: whenever that word is used, in English or in Spanish, it is offensive and it is meant to be offensive.

    Sh*t, son, get real!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 2, 2013 10:53:14 AM

  9. Fines don't change attitudes, sure, but they do make people think twice before using homophobic invective and slander. And as long as these celebrities, sports figures haven't figured it out and continue using the same slurs and speech, then fine fine fine. The days where using such speech and it being simply ignored have ended.

    Obviously, homophobia isn't taken as serious and as a community we're not respected as other groups are, so it's going to take action like this to make people get it.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 2, 2013 11:12:07 AM

  10. ZZZzzzz I have heard so many of my gay friends call each other fag, queer, homo, queen, etc... Much ado about nothing. Get over your faked outrage.

    Posted by: Shawn | Oct 2, 2013 11:20:38 AM

  11. Shawn, are your gay friends famous? Do they represent an organization? Do they call each other "fag" in a public forum?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 2, 2013 11:31:00 AM

  12. Have you noticed that every time a high profile person gets caught using a gay slur, they all use the same scripted apology?..."I didn't mean to offend anyone....." WTH did they think it was going to do??

    Posted by: Don | Oct 2, 2013 12:33:41 PM

  13. So basically if you are not famous and say it in "private" it is ok? I got it. Moral relativism at it's best I see.

    Posted by: Shawn | Oct 2, 2013 12:40:53 PM

  14. jamal49: You are completly wrong, not everyone react to words the same way that anglosaxons do.

    And in spanish it's all about the intention, and that's the reason you must never use the word on internet, because all the tone is lost.

    A lot of people never use the word (i din't like it even when it's used between gays) but pretend that everytime you use it it's mean to be offensive it's being very simplistic

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 2, 2013 1:27:55 PM

  15. F1 is not Nascar ... smh

    Posted by: Mitchell | Oct 2, 2013 2:14:09 PM

  16. I find it comical that just on 9/1/13 he hit me up on craigslist looking for gay sex... and now he's using gay slurs.. what a hypocrite. And YES i have the saved email with his pic on it... so yeah...

    Posted by: tony | Oct 2, 2013 3:21:30 PM

  17. Somebody hired a publicist damn quick. That apology was perfectly worded.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 2, 2013 3:31:24 PM

  18. @MITCHELL:

    NASCAR is not F1, but this dude is a Nationwide driver in NASCAR.

    Also, no one watches the Nationwide series.

    Posted by: Sammy | Oct 2, 2013 8:28:47 PM

  19. Very interesting, lots of "cultural learning experiences" have been seen recently, I personally think thats what they are.

    Posted by: this | Oct 4, 2013 7:51:55 PM

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