Red Bull Racing has suspended junior driver Juri Vips after he used a racial slur while streaming on Twitch.
On Monday, Vips streamed Call of Duty: Warzone with fellow Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson. As has been clipped, Vips cursed and said the n-word, to which Lawson replied “Juri!” and laughed.
Lawson also asked Vips to wear a pink Red Bull cap, to which he replied “No, that’s gay”. Lawson responded: “Juri, you can’t say that”.
A statement from Red Bull Racing says Vips has been suspended “from all team duties with immediate effect, pending a full investigation into the incident”.
It continues: “As an organisation we condemn abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist language or behaviour within our organisation”.
Vips apologised in an Instagram post. “I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today,” he wrote.
“This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold. I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will cooperate with the investigation fully.”
Vips is an Estonian racing driver currently competing in Formula 2 with Hitech Grand Prix.
Sadly, though, Vips is not alone in his suspension. American racing driver Kyle Larson was suspended in 2020 after using a racial slur during an iRacing event. NBA player Meyers Leonard was suspended by Miami Heat and fined $50k by the NBA in 2021 for using an antisemitic slur during a Twitch stream, for which esports organisation FaZe Clan cut ties.