The sports world has imploded after San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to make a political statement and sit down during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. And like countless people who have been offended by his apparent anti-patriotic stance, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart decided to weigh in with his personal opinion.
The driver turned to Twitter to share his thoughts but did not get the reaction he expected after ousting Kaepernick for sitting down during the national anthem…
Like many other professional sports players, Tony Stewart was upset that Kaepernick sat down when he thought he should be standing.
Stewart wrote on Twitter: “I’m sorry but @Kaepernick7 needs to learn the fact about police before running his dumbass mouth! He has no clue what they go thru! #idiot”
Within seconds, people replied to Stewart with one question: “Didn’t you kill a guy?”
Stewart got defensive and tried to name call those people too. But then more observers entered the fray in order to shed light on Tony Stewart’s dark past.
After a while, the NASCAR driver recapitulated and wrote this tweet: “For the record, I’m not saying our nation isn’t messed up, just that police officers are not the root of the problem. They take the blame”
Did NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart really “kill a guy?” Yes. Yes, he did.
On August 9, 2014, Tony Stewart crashed his race car into fellow sportsman Kevin Ward Jr. during an official race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward was not in his car when Stewart slammed into his body.
But as USA Today reported last week, Tony Stewart was guilty of the man’s wrongful death.
“Stewart struck and killed Ward, 20, after the driver exited his car and walked down the track toward Stewart’s car during a caution period. A grand jury did not indict Stewart on criminal charges,” USA Today reports.
Besides being reminded that he killed a man, people began calling Tony Stewart a racist.
“Tony, you’re a clown. Close your mouth. Your racist is seeping out,” Twitter user @GinaMontana_ wrote.
In response, the NASCAR driver lashed back with, “that’s funny as hell. I had a black roommate for 5 yrs. nice try.”
In related news, NFL analyst Rodney Harrison called Kaepernick’s race into question on NBC saying, “I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick — he’s not black.”
Since then, Harrison has admitted he was wrong and apologized profusely since his career was on the line for the racist remark.
“I should not have called Colin Kaepernick’s race into question during this morning’s radio interview. It was a mistake and I apologize,” Harrison tweeted. “I never intended to offend anyone , I was trying to speak about my experiences as a African American. Last point I want people to know. I never even knew he was mixed.”
The NFL stands with Kaepernick if he decides to sit: “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”
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