By: Kobe Lambeth
Last night, NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart found himself making the headlines, but for the wrong reasons. In the video above, you can see “Smoke” getting into an altercation with a man who is apparently a Sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I admit, when I saw the video I was thrilled to see Stewart living up to his nickname “Smoke.” It never gets boring for you Tony Stewart fans. However, this is not good for Stewart’s reputation going forward.
In the past few years, Tony Stewart’s name has been dragged into the dirt as many controversies surrounded him. First, he suffered a broken leg during an event at a dirt track event and this caused lots of uproar about Stewart’s personal life. Should he race at dirt tracks considering his NASCAR commitments? Yes, we all remember the criticism he received after this awful injury. However, the worst was yet to come.
On the eve of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, tragedy struck at an Upstate New York dirt track. Young dirt racer, Kevin Ward Jr. was killed after he was hit by Stewart’s car. After this news was made public, I saw many headlines such as “Tony Stewart: Cold-Blooded Killer.” Deep down, I know that Smoke is not a killer. You can disagree with me, but I #StandWithSmoke.
After breaking his leg, the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy, and now this, it is very sad to see Stewart’s reputation falling apart. Last night’s incident could have been avoidable. Someone needs to teach Stewart that you should not care what others say about you. He should have let the man talk his trash and laugh at him for being so ignorant. By confronting this “sheriff’s deputy,” it is feeding into the “trolls” who want to see Stewart fail. It is sad that we have those kinds of people in the world, but it is what it is.
I wish that Tony Stewart could have simply ignored this man’s words who obviously made him mad enough to confront him. This upcoming season is Smoke’s final year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I do not want Tony Stewart to be remembered for his off the track troubles, but for his amazing career. From an IndyCar driver to multiple NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, it is safe to say that Stewart has had a successful career as a race car driver. I admit that is has been fun watching Smoke when he is mad, but he deserves to be remembered as a man who brought great things to NASCAR. We can only hope that Tony Stewart’s final season as a Sprint Cup driver will be special, instead of drama filled for all the wrong reasons.
Where does Tony Stewart go from here NASCAR fans?