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Out of Control.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on August 10, 2014 at 3:25 AM

First, a favorite Eagles song of mine, appropriately titled here. OK. Now to the serious stuff about being Out of Control.

Not too much to debate here. The video shows Tony Stewart hitting a fellow driver at a dirt track last night. Driver Kevin Ward died from the injuries.

The video is here if you want to see itDon't know how long it will be up, but there is no debate about what happened.

Now, we can argue about whether or not Stewart ran Ward into the rail and whether Ward was unnecessarily endangering himself. But the video appears to show the other drivers slowing down and going to the inside, but Stewart holding his speed and taking the higher line.

Pretty incriminating to me. Personally, I think Tony needs to be put away for a number of years. I think it's 2nd degree murder.

What do I think will happen? Vehicular manslaughter. No jail time. Criminal probation. Suspension for the rest of the season.

Tony will issue an apology as part of the plea and pay restitution to the family and undergo counseling.

The one thing that is different here though is that a fellow professional was killed. If this was a pedestrian like with Donte Stallworth, nobody would care- just suspension for a year. Here though the organization might feel a need to protect their own.

In any case, we have now officially gotten out of control with our live, unscripted drama.

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Reply Ark_Razor
4:06 AM on August 10, 2014 
Videos are not linking. Copy and paste.
Reply vapor5
7:32 AM on August 10, 2014 
I know Tony is an A-hole but why was Ward walking across the track
Reply Ark_Razor
12:57 PM on August 10, 2014 
vapor5 says...
I know Tony is an A-hole but why was Ward walking across the track

Vap, this is pretty standard stuff from what I've seen with drivers getting out of cars and chasing the other driver. Not too wise, but a behavior nonetheless.
Reply Ferociousjane
6:26 PM on August 10, 2014 
That is disturbing to say the least.
Reply the immortal scurds
7:15 PM on August 10, 2014 
all of the videos i have seen of this are way too close in to make a judgement of intent. other drivers seem to avoid him ok, but he seems to be seeking out stewart's car. need a wider angle to see the relative spacing. It wouldnt surprise me at all tho if stewat intended to graze very very close to the guy and recklessly so.
Reply the immortal scurds
7:21 PM on August 10, 2014 
as far as out of control goes, to me the line was crossed with MMA. That's bloody gladiator sport. In the stewart case, the guy is running around on a race track with cars coming sideways at 100 mph. no way you can stick anything in court. Its difficult to imagine this being conscious murder, but its moments after a potentially lethal rubout isnt it. "i'm at full speed on a corner, he's on the track, I'll never go down for this". I don't know........
Reply the immortal scurds
7:25 PM on August 10, 2014 
just read that the stewart team initially was steadfastly intending on racing sunday despite the event. staggering. the decision was made to not race, but contemplating participation in a case like this i an indictment of stewart, IMO
Reply Ark_Razor
7:37 PM on August 10, 2014 
Yea, scurdsy, lots of smoking guns around here but nothing direct. The fact that the police did not even open a criminal investigation is surprising, although one could be opened later.

This is a lot like the NHL. The PA has not been vocal about cracking down on head hits- it's been the owners..... up until recently.

So NASCAR/ dirt track doesn't care about the safety of the drivers either.
Reply the immortal scurds
11:40 PM on August 10, 2014 
"Stewart holding his speed and taking the higher line." the crux of the issue. his competitive nature vs the regard for a human being's life. the entire sport of auto racing is very potentially lethal. i'd like to ask one of these guys under what circumstances do they let off and give up. in this case the other drivers may have altered the line, but you don't see anybody stopping. maybe the other guys breaking and going low left no alternative for stewart. i've heard it said that the driver aims directly at the accident because it wont be there when you arrive. like i said, there is nothing here that can stick in court. this case would be even more difficult to prosecute than bertuzzi .
Reply Galfur
2:39 PM on August 11, 2014 
This is a great debate but I don't know that anyone can resolve it (the intent angle that is). Stewart is (apparently) a d!ck and his contemplating racing the next day is an indictment on his character (whoever said that above, I agree). In fact, it is so damning to his lack of character, I'd welcome NASCAR banning him for life (use the death as the mechanism, I don't care but get him out) but I doubt that anyone will be able to prove criminal intent given this guy walked onto the track and into his path. Nonetheless, I find Stewart contemplating racing so disgusting, I can't imagine anyone with a conscience A) endorsing him B) cheering him C) supporting him moving forward. Then again, it's all about money these days. Character means NOTHING and perhaps neither does human life anymore. That's a good part of what we're about to find out.
Reply Ark_Razor
3:01 PM on August 11, 2014 
Based upon how the investigation is going, I don't think anything major is going to come down over this. Only Tony knows what he was thinking at the time, and it would be very hard to get 12 people to agree that the video shows intent of hitting Ward- which is the standard necessary.

Perhaps the more interesting thing going forward is going to be sponsorships and his ability to field a team. Kobe and Tiger took major endorsement hits for a lot less. For all of the talk about Ray Lewis, I haven't seen him on any commercials either.
Reply Radatz
9:43 PM on August 17, 2014 
The other day I hit a rabbit moving into my path at about walking speed on a clear road in broad daylight doing about 30. There was nothing I could do to avoid him. That's all I've got.

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