Twitter Has Some Thoughts As Ex-F1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone Gets Arrested For Carrying A Gun To An Airport

Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone was arrested for carrying an unloaded gun at Viracopos airport in Campinas, while heading to Switzerland in his private jet. Ecclestone, however, was shortly released on the bail after paying a hefty fine of $1,240.

A silver-colored LW Seecamp .32 gun was found during the X-ray screening. Ecclestone, who has been living in Brazil for quite some, accepted the ownership of the gun, and said that it came into his luggage without his knowledge. 

BREAKING: Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil for carrying a gun while boarding a private plane to Switzerland.

The 91-year-old claimed he was ‘unaware’ that the weapon was in his luggage at the time.

— SPORTbible (@sportbible) May 26, 2022

“An 89-year-old businessman was detained after federal policemen found a gun in his luggage on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. in the X-ray area of the Viracopos airport in Campinas,” read the statement from the Sao Paulo security department.

Ecclestone ran Formula 1 for over four decades before a takeover by Liberty Media in 2017 ended his reign. 

“I’m proud of the business that I built over the past 40 years and all that I have achieved with Formula 1. I would like to thank all of the promoters, teams, sponsors and television companies that I have worked with,” stated Ecclestone, who is involved with motor racing since the 1950s, after being sacked.

Bernie Ecclestone was recently in the news for dismissing Lewis Hamilton’s efforts to increase diversity in the racing circuit. Hamilton too came forward and criticised Bernie for “sad and disappointing” comments.

“If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep-rooted issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand? It starts at the top,” added Hamilton.

Here’s how fans reacted to Ecclestone’s arrest in Brazil:

I refuse to believe Bernie Ecclestone is a real person, everything he does sounds like it came out of a onion headline

— Red car go vroom (@leclercsgrid) May 26, 2022

Ex-F1 promoter and self-confessed misogynist and white nationalist Bernie Ecclestone was arrested trying to board a private plane while carrying a pistol. Obviously his brain is now mush. #f1 #formulaone

— Brewski (@P_Brewski_965) May 26, 2022

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