So the big news in sports the past 24 hours is the fatality which occurred last night on the race track. Kevin Ward Jr., a 20 year old race car driver, was killed by NASCAR moron Tony Stewart, after getting out of his car to confront Stewart. Ward was apparently provoked to get out of his vehicle in an attempt to confront Stewart after Ward’s car was driven off the track, causing it to flip over by Stewart. If you have the stomach for it here is the video:
So obviously this whole thing is tragic. Any time someone dies it’s a sad thing. Also, I know very little about the unwritten rules of NASCAR, so my thoughts on this may or may not be very different from the NASCAR establishment. Then again anyone who likes NASCAR probably couldn’t beat Forrest Gump in hangman.
With that said, Kevin Ward Jr. played with fire and got burned. He tried to be a hard ass by walking directly into oncoming traffic going at dangerous speeds and he got run over. That’s really all there is to say here. It sucks that he died, but I can think of a million other people who deserve sympathy over him. You know, like anyone who has ever gotten cancer, or been killed in a car accident that WASN’T their fault. Those people didn’t do anything wrong and had to die. This guy ran into oncoming traffic in order to show the world how big his junk was.
This one is 95% Ward’s fault. Some people are saying that Stewart revved the engine before hitting him. If he did then he should be arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. It also makes him an asshole. He was trying to show Ward that it was in fact him that had the bigger bulge in his pants. I’m sure he didn’t mean to hit him. And just like Ward, he played with fire and burned the house down.
If you think I’m being insensitive then you’re missing the big picture here. A soldier who dies in battle takes a calculated risk by going into battle. There is a chance they can die. But it is for a greater good. What the fuck was Kevin Ward Jr. trying to accomplish? A stern talking to? Prove to Tony Stewart that he may only be 20 years old, but he’s still a bad ass NASCAR driver?
I’ve never watched a NASCAR race and I never will. Anyone who can watch cars go around a track hundreds of times and feel entertained is someone whose ancestors were taking a nap while evolution was happening. But the few highlights I’ve seen have involved people like Kevin Ward Jr. acting like badasses. Apparently this is the cool thing to do when your entire job description is turning left. It’s like a non-stop competition to see who can drive the fastest while at the same time proving to the world that they have way bigger balls than everyone else.
Obviously Ward was a young driver who grew up thinking shit like this was cool. Pretty simple solution here for NASCAR – no one gets out of their cars and walks on the track. Ever. Seems like pretty common friggin sense and it probably should’ve been a rule in the first place.
As far as Stewart goes he was actually planning on racing today, but pulled out at the last minute. At the start of the race the reverend who blessed the racers decided not to mention the fatality that occurred the previous night and instead thanked God for the good weather. Because that’s what was on everyone’s mind that day. The fucking weather.
The real miracle here is that somehow NASCAR has found a way to make NFL discipline seem harsh. How Stewart was given the option to race today is beyond me. Ummm, probably should keep a low profile for a little bit Tony, because you may be wanted for murder. The NASCAR governing board somehow managed to find a way to make Roger Goodell look like Mr. Hand. Even Ray Rice had to take a two game breather for beating the shit out of his wife. Maybe if Tony Stewart smoked weed he’ll be banned for life?
Well let’s just hope Stephen A. Smith doesn’t get wind of this. After all, he’ll probably just say Ward provoked him.
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