I stayed home from work today because of feeling under the weather and decided to catch up on some current events because I really don't follow the news. The death of Robin Williams was tragic to hear about because of the actor that he was and his serious bout of depression. The other thing that got me was how a vehicle driven by race car driver Tony Stewart murdered 20 year old Kevin Ward Jr.
Whether or not this was done intentionally this is a tragic moment because Tony Stewart was driving a vehicle that murdered another human being and Kevin Ward Jr is no longer on the physical plane. Tragedy aside there are two curious things that I find about the story.
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First of all in my humble opinion NASCAR is not a "sport". I'll give it that it could be entertaining and it has a large loyal fan base but it is not a "sport" in the traditional sense of the word only because if it was most if not all gymnasiums and aerobic classes would all but go out of business because your morning commute to work would replace your morning cardio. Moral of my opinion; NASCAR is not a sport, if NASCAR is a sport that WWE wrestling is real.
The second thing that I find curious about this story is how many folks are blindly supporting Tony Stewart presuming him innocent of doing any thing wrong and people are even asking for others to reach out to his sponsors to express support. I get "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" but this is taking it to a new level. These folks are saying that Tony Stewart is 'Innocent and Will Be Proven Innocent.'
This is an assine point to take because we don't know what we don't know. If you don't believe me let's see what happened to Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers blindly supported his friend Ryan Braun by publicly stating that Braun did not use performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) because Braun told Rodgers that he didn't during a private conversation. Then one day out of the blue, Ryan Braun was suspended from baseball because of PEDs and Mr. Rodgers had egg on his face. Funny thing about this story is that Braun told Rodgers that he was innocent and did not take PEDs
The moral of the story is that people can say what they want to say, do what they want to do and support who they want to support. However, at the end of the day the truth shall prevail. If someone is willing to lie to a high caliber friend to their face and end up being guilty why are some folks finding it so easy to defend Tony Stewart just because he is their favourite racer?
Until we read again,
p.s. NASCAR is not a sport. If anyone begs to differ I am open to commentary below.