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Why NASCAR Needed to Make an Example of Nelson Piquet Jr. After Use of Gay Slur

When an athlete is in the public spotlight, it is their responsibility to maintain their image in a positive manner. That goes for everything, including the ever-so-sensitive usage of social media. The way they carry themselves on their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram may be on their own accord, but they nonetheless speak for the organization they're a part of, even if they don't realize it. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. was recently fined $10,000 and ordered to attend sensitivity training after posting an Instagram comment with a gay slur on fellow Nationwide driver Parker Kligerman's account. Piquet described the matter as no more than a joke between two friends, but (spoiler alert!) a fan snapped a photo of the comment...

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