Lewis Hamilton may be punished for demanding justice in Breonna Taylor’s unjust murder.
Sunday at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix in Italy, the British racing driver wore a black T-shirt demanding justice for the 26-year-old EMT who was killed March 13 by white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove in her Kentucky apartment.
The front of the tee read, "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor," and the back featured a picture of Taylor along with the words, "Say her name.”
The 35-year-old went on to win the Formula One motor race as part of the Mercedes team.
However, on Monday, TMZ reported that Hamilton is being investigated for his tribute to Taylor as the sport reportedly has a “no political statement” rule.
If found in violation, Hamilton may face fines.
Per BBC Sport, a spokesperson for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) said the matter was "under active consideration."
"That's the consideration we are looking into,” the representative added about whether Hamilton’s T-shirt bore a political message.
After his victory, Hamilton spoke out about Taylor’s death as well as other instances where Black men and women have been victims of systemic racism.
"I've been wanting to bring awareness to the fact there are people being killed on the street,” he was quoted saying via BBC Sport. “And someone was killed in her own house and they were in the wrong house and those guys are still walking free."
He also posted on his IG page:
Last month in a chat with sports legends Thierry Henry and Tommie Smith, Hamilton, whose father is Black and whose mother is white, opened up about his experiences with racism.
“I'm in a sport which is white dominated and there is very little diversity, for example. And with everything that happened in the states, it really brought up a lot of emotions for me,” Hamilton said.
“A lot of people think it is only happening in the States. Yes, there is the police brutality in the States but systemic racism is across the world,” he continued. “Very much in Europe and England. I experienced that a lot growing up in the U.K. and then when I started driving race cars. This year it has come around and I have got the sport now to acknowledge that it needs to do more.”
Though Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June, he and the other two cops have yet to be arrested and/or charged.