Friday, August 13, 2010
What Would NASCAR Do?
As many of you have seen, on Wednesday night, Fransisco Rodriguez, nicknamed K-Rod, assaulted his girlfriend and his girlfriend's father. K-Rod, who plays for the New York Mets, cursed out his girlfriend and when her father tried to intervene, K-Rod banged the man's head against a wall in the Stadium Hallway. He is charged with third degree assault and second degree harassment. Want to know what happened to him? He got a restraining order from his girlfriend and his girlfriend's father and he was suspended for two games. What do you think would've happened to him in NASCAR? Would they have suspended him for the rest of the season? Fined him? Deducted owners points? Or even banned him from the sport?
Here are some perfect examples of what NASCAR has done to drivers in the past when they did something wrong. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Talladega. When asked what it meant to him, he replied, "It don't mean sh*t..." Junior was fined ten thousand dollars and twenty-five championship points.
Kurt Busch, he drove the Roush Racing Sharpie number 97. In 2005, on a Friday night before the race in Phoenix, he was pulled over for reckless driving (trying to avoid a car and running a stop sign). The cops smelled alcohol on his breath and was detained. He was cited for reckless driving. Quicker than you can say 'suspended' that's what he was. Jack Roush wouldn't have any of it and suspended him for the rest of the season. Kenny Wallace replaced him for the remainder of the season.
Jeremy Mayfield, name ring a bell? You probably thought he dropped off the face of the earth, unless you have already heard what I'm about to tell you. In 2009, Jeremy was arrested for Methamphetamine, or Meth, in his body. When he took the drug test, the levels of Meth were extremely high. NASCAR banned him.
Now, for one of the most controversial issues in NASCAR recently, and the main point of this blog post, Denny Hamlin. In July, Denny tweeted, "Truthfully I don't think It matters to the fans who wins the race as long as its a good "show". Even if it comes as the expense of competition." on his personal Twitter. What NASCAR was doing looking at his personal tweets is beyond me, but okay. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions, and since this was one opinion NASCAR didn't agree with, they fined him fifty thousand dollars. Little much just for an opinion, don't you think?
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