Red Bull Racing suspends Formula 2 driver Yuri Vips for abuse

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Red Bull Racing has eliminated Yuri Vips, a junior driver from Estonia who recently competed for the Hitech Grand Prix in Formula 2 after using a racist insult while playing a Twitch video game.

Vips played on Monday Call of Duty: Warzone with Liam Lawson, another junior Red Bull driver who was broadcasting the game live on Twitch when Vips cursed and said the n-word, according to record of the Twitch stream. Lawson quickly replied, “Jury!” And laughed.

Earlier in the three-hour Twitch show, Lawson asked Vips to wear a pink Red Bull hat, and Vips said, “No, it’s gay.”

“Jury, you can’t say that,” Lawson said.

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Red Bull Racing plans to conduct a “full investigation into the incident,” according to declaration shared by the team on Tuesday.

“As an organization, we condemn abuse of all kinds and have a policy of zero tolerance for racist language or behavior in our organization,” the statement said.

IN separate statement on Instagram, Vips wrote an apology “for the offensive language” during the live broadcast and said he would cooperate in the Red Bull investigation.

“This language is completely unacceptable and does not reflect the values ​​and principles I uphold,” Vips wrote. “I deeply regret my actions.”

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This is not the first time that athletes in traditional sports have gotten into trouble for using racist insults while streaming on Twitch. Last March, e-sports organization FaZe Clan severed ties with Myers Leonard after the NBA player uses anti-Semitic insult during the Twitch stream. Miami Heath, his team at the time, fined and fined Leonard $ 50,000.

Athletes are increasingly spending their free time on Twitch, broadcasting to thousands of fans while playing games. Among the NBA players, De’Aaron Fox of the Scramento Kings and Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans have their own Twitch channels. Many professional race car drivers are also streamed to Twitch. Lando Norris, Formula One driver for McLaren Racing, has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitch.

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