Brett Frood, Executive Vice President of Stewart-Hass Racing, spoke at a press conference Friday in which he answered some of the media’s burning questions surrounding Tony Stewart’s return to the race track after killing Kevin Ward, Jr. It was his acknowledgment of Stewart’s compromised mental state that raised eyebrows.
“Well, you know, I think for Tony, it’s all about this healing process and that’s part of why he’s in the car,” remarked Frood. “I think him putting a helmet on will help him cope with this situation.”
Someone responsible for running over another human being should not make driving a race car part of their ‘healing process’. That’s like suggesting that an alcoholic should drink a six pack to battle their addiction.
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Frood refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding Ward’s death, and the actions by Stewart which caused it, saying, “I’m not going to comment on the incident itself. It was a tragic accident and right now I want the focus to be on Tony and the car this weekend and how he’s going to get through this.”
Frood’s comments almost appear to be an attempt to sweep the specifics of Ward’s death under the rug just weeks after the fateful incident. His lack of compassion for the Ward family and his virtual disregard for their loss was shocking.
In what was perhaps the most questionable of his statements, Frood said:
“Him being in the race car right now is about him getting through what has been a very emotional two weeks, and what his next step is in coping with this. Um, there’s been a great deal of empathy and sympathy for that family and what they’re going through, and uh, for Tony it’s just been extremely emotional. And this is what is going to help him.”
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