October 2, 2013 | by Staff reports
NASCAR driver fined for anti-gay slur
Nelson Piquet Jr., NASCAR, gay news, Washington Blade

NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A professional racecar driver on Tuesday received a $10,000 fine for using an anti-gay slur to describe a fellow driver.

NASCAR levied the penalty against Nelson Piquet, Jr., in connection with his use of a homophobic epithet to describe Parker Kligerman on a picture of himself he posted on Instagram on Sept. 25. The Associated Press reported that Piquet, who subsequently deleted the comment, must also attend sensitivity training.

“Nelson Piquet, Jr., recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell said, according to the AP.

Piquet, who is Brazilian, apologized.

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