Lotus employee sacked over gay tweet

Thursday 19-June-2014 07:30

Lotus media man Stephane Samson has revealed that he was sacked by the team for "gross misconduct" relating to a Sochi Winter Games tweet.

In the midst of the furor over Russia's stance on homosexuality, Samson, who tweeted for Lotus, posted a picture of two men kissing.

It was accompanied by the message "ahead of the opening ceremony, we would like to wish all athletes a successful 2014 Olympic Winter Game."

The tweet was soon deleted and an apology posted.

Samson was sacked and was later informed that it was because of that tweet.

According to Telegraph Sport, his 'rabbit' tweet when it was announced that Kimi Raikkonen was leaving Lotus, who owners Genii Capital have 'significant business interests in Russia', was also highlighted.

And although Lotus have "no comment at the moment", the Telegraph published part of the letter Lotus' lawyers, Withers LLP, wrote Samson's lawyers on 13 June.

"Your client had shown, on more than one occasion, a serious lack of judgment which had a significant negative impact on our client.

"You may be aware that your client posted a tweet on 7 February 2014 on our client's Twitter feed in relation to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games which he knew (or should have known) could cause serious reputational and financial damage to our client.

"This tweet came not long after his posting on our client's Twitter feed of another seriously unprofessional tweet on 11 September 2013 in relation to the departure of Kimi Raikkonen from our client's team to Ferrari.

"Again, your client should have known that this tweet was wholly unprofessional and would damage the reputation and credibility of our client. These tweets displayed an astonishing lack of judgement on your client's part and, in consequence, on our client took the decision to end its relationship with your client."

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