Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 by NASCAR, placed on probation and ordered to attend sensitivity training after posting a gay slur on Instagram, reports USA TODAY Sports.
“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” NASCAR senior VP of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said. “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’s comment came in response to fellow Nationwide driver Parker Kligerman’s selfie he posted after a workout. The slur was of the three-letter variety according to the report.
“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.”
Piquet released a statement Tuesday, owning up to the misdeed:
“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.”