Hamilton faces media backlash

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Istanbul, McLaren-Mercedes, 2007 | DaimlerChryslerIn the future when even more biographies of Lewis Hamilton are being written, and the authors wonder at what point did the adulation of Hamilton in the press start to turn sour, that moment was now.

Hamilton spoke out against the harassment he has received from some elements of the press over the Turkish Grand Prix weekend and suggested he might have to move somewhere less accessible to the paparazzi.

Not surprisingly those papers that have been splashing sensationalist and apparently inaccurate details of Hamilton’s private life have played down their role in forcing one of Britain’s top sporting talents to consider leaving the country.

The Daily Mirror wrote of Hamilton being “Dogged off the circuit by the paparazzi and threatening to quit Britain for the luxuries of one of Europe’s tax havens.”

This is the same paper that ran two stories within the space of ten days claiming that Hamilton was romantically involved with two different people.

Hamilton specifically claimed that the reports in the Daily Mirror were untrue, saying:

We went to the cinema, four of us – a friend and his fiancee included – and I am pictured with her, just the two of us, asking who is the latest woman in my life.

It is things like this that make me not want to be in the UK anymore because I can’t enjoy a normal life.

I am walking down the street and people look at you differently and all they do is read the paper and that sort of crap.

If Hamilton wishes to leave Britain to pay a far lower rate of tax in some other country, that’s up to him. But even if he is using the media’s sensationalised reporting of his private life as an excuse, that doesn’t mean their treatment of him has been anything less than shameful.

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