NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been getting plenty of headlines for all the wrong reasons.
On Saturday night, Stewart stuck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York.
Ward had climbed out of his car and walked on a darkened dirt track to confront Stewart, who then hit the 20-year-old. Ward was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Amazingly, initial reports had Stewart racing Sunday at an event in Watkins Glen, N.Y., with Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, calling the decision “business as usual.”
However, at a press conference Sunday, Zipadelli said Stewart would be pulling out of the event.
Here’s a sample of the reaction regarding the incident, and Stewart’s decision not to race.
You don't walk onto a track during a live race and try to yell at a guy who is still in the race. I don't blame tony stewart.— Evan Leonard (@_EvanLeonard) August 10, 2014
Ok, I don't watch race car stuff but my common sense tells me it's not ok to get out of the car on the track during a race. #tonystewart— Comfortably Southern (@Myssatx) August 10, 2014
Tony Stewart/ Kevin Ward situation is crazy. Did Tony run him over? Just an accident? I mean dude was in the middle of a racetrack— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) August 10, 2014
Yes, Tony Stewart did hit and kill a fellow racer last night. But you should know the whole story... http://t.co/ZwYwZMff02— Motorsport.com (@Motorsport) August 10, 2014
So Tony Stewart changed his mind after he "slept on it." I might have had a little trouble sleeping right after that, but that's just me.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) August 10, 2014
I've never been Tony Stewart's biggest fan but anyone claiming he killed that guy on purpose is ignorant. Guy ran out in front of him. #fb— Joel Heflin (@joelheflin) August 10, 2014
Accidents do happen. But if you do something recklessly, that foreseeably could hurt someone and then it does, then you're culpable.— Doug Davis (@DJD) August 10, 2014