Piquet fined for racist, homophobic comments about Hamilton

Piquet fined for racist, homophobic comments about Hamilton

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Retired Formula 1 winner Nelson Piquet has been ordered by a Brazilian courtroom to shell out $950,000 in “moral damages” for making racist and homophobic reviews about Lewis Hamilton.

The 70-yr-previous Brazilian experienced referred to seven-time champion Hamilton as “neguinho,” a racially offensive time period which usually means “little Black guy,” in 2021. In a different job interview, Piquet used racist and homophobic language.

The court docket in Brasilia on Friday purchased Piquet to pay back 5 million Brazilian reals “in collective moral damages, to be allocated to cash for the advertising of racial equality and in opposition to discrimination of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

The charges were filed by many human legal rights teams, which includes Brazil’s Nationwide LGBTI+ Alliance.

In their grievance, the human rights teams stated that Piquet violated the norm of human dignity enshrined in the country’s constitution. The choose said Piquet’s comments corresponded to the definition of racial discrimination outlined in Brazil’s 2010 Statute of Racial Equality.

Hamilton had condemned “archaic mindsets,” and the Mercedes driver reported he had been “surrounded by these attitudes and targeted (my) complete everyday living.” He is the only Black driver in F1 and gained honorary citizenship from Brazil past year.

Piquet, who gained 3 F1 titles in the 1980s, was speaking about a crash concerning Hamilton and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen that took put during the British Grand Prix in 2021. His daughter Kelly Piquet is Verstappen’s girlfriend.

Piquet afterwards apologized in a statement for the “ill assumed out” racial expression but stated it “is a single that has broadly and historically been applied colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was by no means intended to offend.”

In his conclusion, decide Pedro Matos de Arruda said “subtlety is one particular of the attributes of modern day Brazilian racism” and that the word is “not an affectionate nickname.”

Piquet had applied racist and homophobic language in the other interview when discussing Hamilton lacking out on a preceding championship.

Piquet’s feedback implied if Hamilton hadn’t been gay, “he would have won the championship. … Thus, being homosexual would be a damaging characteristic,” the judge explained in his final decision.

The retired driver has the correct to enchantment the ruling.

Piquet experienced angered some F1 admirers for his support of former far-suitable President Jair Bolsonaro. He donated about $95,000 to Bolsonaro’s failed re-election bid.


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