August 19, 2022
Entities go to court against Nelson Piquet over racist and homophobic comments |  Federal District

Entities go to court against Nelson Piquet over racist and homophobic comments | Federal District

“Keke? It was a b… of no value. It’s just like his son (Nico) won a championship, the little black guy (Hamilton) must have been ‘give more c…’ at the time and that was kinda bad ‘ Becky said.

The entities’ claim was filed with the Federal District Court of Justice (TJDFT), on Monday (4), claiming damages 10 million Brazilian Real For collective moral damage and social damage. And in a statement issued when the racist statements emerged, Pique said the comments were “poorly thought out”.

He excused himself from the term’s racial connotation and claimed that the word is colloquially used in Brazilian Portuguese. This Tuesday (fifth), g 1 He was unable to contact the previous pilot until the latest update for this report.

The traditional motorsport club pins Nelson Piquet

The action submitted to the TJDFT is an initiative of the Association Educafro, the Santo Dias Center for Human Rights of the Diocese of São Paulo and the National Alliance LGBTI+. According to the authors, Pique, “a leader and advocate for Brazilian sports, in a clear manifestation of racism and homophobia, simultaneously violated the pervasive fundamental right to honor the black population and the LGBT community.”

For entities, the statements are not limited to Lewis Hamilton only, but violate “the right of the whole of society not to be subjected to acts of this kind, which offend the common people, and breed aversion and indignation, which leads to the necessary application. It is the duty to repair moral damage to all, indiscriminately, through the gross violation of fundamental values ​​that have been historically wrested.”

“The former Brazilian driver who has spoken out about racist and homophobic insults is a public figure, three-time Formula 1 champion, so the impact can be assumed to everyone who has seen the video, especially those of the black race and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, aware of the breadth and seriousness of the crimes committed by the defendant,” the lawsuit reads.

In addition to the 10 million R$ compensation, the authors request that Nelson Piquet He was sentenced to post a note, on all social networks, with a public apology, “admits the mistake of racist reference to anyone” and “retracts racist and homophobic statements”.

They are also requesting that he be sentenced to pay a R$100,000 fine if the behavior is repeated, in any digital space.

After Nelson Piquet's racist statement, Lewis Hamilton said it was necessary to change the mentality

After Nelson Piquet’s racist statement, Lewis Hamilton said it was necessary to change the mentality

In addition to Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton’s team and carmakers Alpine, McLaren, Aston Martin and Ferrari also supported the Briton, as well as teammate George Russell and rivals Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.

F1 has even decided to ban the three-time champion from the circuit – a space that hosts guests at the races – from all stages, according to the British press.. Pique was also suspended from the British Drivers’ Club, which brings together prominent names in motorsport and of which he was an honorary member – and Hamilton is also a participant.

While the use of the term racist came to light, Nelson Piquet released a statement. See in full:

“I would like to clarify the stories circulating in the media about a comment I made in an interview last year.

What I said was ill-considered, and I’m not defending it, but I will point out that the term used is a term that was historically and widely used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for “cara” or “person” and was not intended to offend.

I will never use the word I was accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that I used this word to belittle the pilot because of the color of his skin.

I sincerely apologize to all affected, including Louis who is a great driver, but the translation in some media now circulating on social media is not correct. There is no place for discrimination in Formula 1 or in society and I am happy to make my thoughts clear in this regard.”

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