It was too dark to see the driver wearing all black … allegedly.


It was too dark to see the driver wearing all black … allegedly.

Tony Stewart slammed on the gas pedal … allegedly.

Stewart killed a man, thus, he's a murderer … allegedly.

Let's all be real with ourselves here. About two weeks ago, while racing on a dirt track with a $3,000 purse, Stewart, who is a NASCAR superstar, struck and killed a man. The social media and national media flurry was overwhelming soon after the incident hit the Twittersphere.

Incidents such as these promote "hot takes." Yes, a death occurred, and yes, it is horrible. But one of the biggest issues that seemingly slipped through the cracks was the amount of people calling Stewart a murderer.

People kill other people all the time. Yes, sometimes it is a murder. But in other times, it is an accidental death. Especially when a motor vehicle is involved.

My question, is why the rush to judgment? Death promotes emotion, and often anger. But now that time has passed and the dust has settled to an extent, let's evaluate a few things:

1. The thought of killing somebody, especially in sport, is flat-out irrational. Think about how evil of a thought that is, and then think about the amount of evil it would take in a human being to carry out that act.

2. Kevin Ward Jr. was 20 years old. Stewart has been driving in NASCAR for 15 years. It's a safe assumption to make that Stewart was probably the most-skilled driver on that track.

3. Only one man truly knows what the intent of Stewart was on the track — and that man's name is Tony Stewart.

Regardless of your opinion on the incident — and quite honestly, I'm not sure I have a clear one — Ward is at fault to some extent. While, yes, Stewart MAY have intentionally hit the kid (although I believe it is unlikely) it wouldn't have even been possible if Ward didn't exit his vehicle and approach Stewart's car.

It's a terrible, unfortunate situation, but events like this can be used as a learning experience. Don't rush to judgment. It seems more often than not, the original "hot take" ends up false in the end … allegedly.

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