NASCAR officials fined Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 on Tuesday for a comment he left on fellow driver Parker Kligerman’s Instagram account last week. After Kligerman posted a picture of himself after a workout, Piquet responded with “a three-letter slur” for a gay person. Kligerman didn’t have an adverse reaction to the comment, but a fan captured a screen grab of it before it could be deleted, sparking the controversy.
Piquet released the following statement on Tuesday:
I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week. I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone. This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward (USA Today Sports).
Steve O’Donnell, the NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, had this to say about the situation:
Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this code.
Piquet will be forced to undergo sensitivity training for his remark.
[Source: USA Today Sports]