Tony Stewart Speaks For First Time Since Kevin Ward’s Death

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August 29, 2014 10:59am PST

Tony Stewart spoke at a press conference on Friday before his return to the racetrack. He was calm and most of his statements reflected his own struggle with the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

Stewart told the media:

“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This is something that will definitely affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one has to experience in their life. That being said, I know that the pain and mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine.”

Stewart’s narcism was hard to ignore, as he went on to elaborate on his personal struggle after killing Ward:

“I’ve taken the last couple weeks off out of respect for Kevin and his family, and also to cope with the accident in my own way. It’s given me the time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted. I miss my team, my teammates, and I miss being back in the race car. And I think that being back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time.”

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Siting legalities, the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing refused to answer any of the media’s questions. He explained:

“I also understand that all of you have many questions and want a lot of answers. However, I need to respect the ongoing investigation process and cannot answer the rest of the questions at this time. Emotionally, I’m not sure if I could answer them anyway. I’m here to race this weekend, and I’ll appreciate your respect, and there will be a day when I can sit here and answer the questions.”

Stewart appears to have taken the easy way out by neglecting to answer any questions during his relatively short statement. Additionally, if he is claiming that he is still too emotional over the death of his fellow race car driver, than are we to believe that he is really in a healthy enough state to be behind the wheel again? I certainly wouldn’t want to be racing on the same track as him!

Do you think that Tony Stewart should have shown a bit more remorse, or at the very least, some humility for his actions? Obviously, he could not legally admit any wrongdoing, but he certainly could have spent more than a few sentences on the tragic loss of Kevin Ward. Give us your take on Stewart’s statement in the comments section!

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