Former NASCAR CEO Brian France has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the operator of a parody Twitter account titled “Drunken Brian France.”

The swimsuit, which was filed in Connecticut state courtroom, alleges that the account operated by John Steele has been impersonating and concentrating on France. The deal with of the Twitter account is “@DrunkBrianF.”
“Steele’s exercise via @drunkbrianf is beneath the guise of [Brian France],” the swimsuit says. “This contains the usage of [France’s] title within the account title, the account deal with and the usage of {a photograph} of [France] because the account profile image.”
“Steele’s tweets suggest that [France] is the supply of the content material posted to the account. Steele’s use of the account is meant to deceive different twitter customers — and anybody else accessing the account whereas on-line — to imagine that the account belongs to [France].”
France was arrested for DWI in 2018
The avatar on the Drunk Brian France account is an image of France’s mug shot from his August 2018 arrest. France was arrested in New York on Aug. 5, 2018, for DWI and drug possession. France entered a responsible plea in 2019 as a part of a diversion settlement. When he was arrested, France had a blood alcohol stage of .019 on the primary studying and in addition allegedly had 5 oxycodone tablets with him. His lawyer stated he wasn’t prosecuted on the drug possession cost as a result of he produced a prescription for the tablets.
France took a depart of absence from his submit as NASCAR’s CEO following that arrest and by no means returned. NASCAR’s present CEO is his uncle Jim France. Brian made his first public look at a NASCAR race since he left his submit as CEO forward of the Daytona 500 in February when he was noticed by pool reporters getting off of Air Drive One with Donald Trump Jr.
France was NASCAR’s CEO for 15 years
Brian France took over as NASCAR’s CEO from his father Invoice France Jr. in 2003. Throughout his time as NASCAR’s CEO, France carried out a playoff system on the finish of the NASCAR season to interchange the season-long factors format. NASCAR additionally launched the “Automotive of Tomorrow” beneath his watch and the sanctioning physique capitalized on its early 2000s increase interval with its present TV contract value over $four billion.
You may view France’s swimsuit in full right here on the Connecticut state courtroom website. It’s curious why such a outstanding determine would file a swimsuit in opposition to somebody working a Twitter account given the eye and lawyer charges concerned with such an endeavor.
Per the swimsuit, France has skilled “emotional misery” from the tweets by the Drunken Brian France account. That emotional misery is “extreme.” It accuses the account of posting “extremely offensive” tweets.
The swimsuit asks for a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages in extra of $15,000.
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Nick Bromberg is a author for Yahoo Sports activities.
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