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Lewis Hamilton In Hot Water Over Breonna Taylor T-Shirt

Lewis Hamilton In Hot Water Over Breonna Taylor T-Shirt

Formula One officials are launching an investigation into Lewis Hamilton's Breonna Taylor t-shirt he wore at the Tuscan Grand Prix.

The six-time F1 champion grabbed the attention of viewers before and after the race at Mugello as he wore the powerful shirt to highlight police brutality, the message on it reading: "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor".

Taylor was the 26-year-old emergency technician who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police in her own home earlier this year - although those accused of killing her were never brought to justice.

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#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor :fist:
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"It took me a long time to get that shirt," Hamilton said after the race.

"I've been wanting to wear it and bring awareness to the fact that there's people that have been killed on the street and there's someone that got killed in her own house, and they're in the wrong house, and those guys are still walking free.

"We can't rest. We have to continue to raise awareness with it. And Naomi's been doing amazing, so huge congratulations to her. She is an incredible inspiration with what she has done with her platform."

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Some of the world's most well known athletes have been using their platform to spread police brutality and anti-racism messages following the deaths of Taylor, George Floyd and others.

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From NBA and NFL players having different names on their jerseys to Naomi Osaka's face masks bearing the names of men and women killed by police, some of the biggest names in sports have been doing their bit to throw their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

And ever since the F1's restart, Hamilton has been one of those high-profile figures - taking a knee before every event and wearing BLM t-shirts wherever possible.

Only this time, it appears he's crossed the line - at least in the eyes of his sport's governing body.

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DO YOU??? :pray::fist::crown:
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According to multiple reports, F1 officials and the International Motoring Federation (FIA) claim a case against Hamilton is currently "under active consideration".

FIA rules state that drivers are to steer clear of advertising and messaging that is "political or religious in nature of that is prejudicial to the interests of the FIA" - a regulation that British driver Hamilton has breached in their eyes.

Despite his continued stand against racism and police brutality, it appears Hamilton's decision to don the Breonna Taylor shirt has landed him in hot water with authorities - and it doesn't sit well with fans.

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Countless people flocked to social media upon hearing the news and condemned F1 and FIA for their actions.

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Topics: Racism, Lewis Hamilton, blm, Formula 1, F1, Australia

Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.