Chills are going down my spine. I’ve watched it and I am not watching it again. CBS news on “This morning” played the video of Nascar Star Tony Stewart hitting and killing 20 year-old, Sprint car driver Kevin Ward JR Saturday night.
Tony Stewart races local dirt-track events all the time. It’s a little different but nothing new… Dirt track, bigger wheels, and tunnel vision…This past weekend it was at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. The confrontation began when Tony Stewart spun competitor Kevin Ward JR. Ward got out of his car and then ran onto the middle of the track and pointed at Stewart while cars were maneuvering around him., Stewart’s racecar fishtailed, the right tire hitting Ward and dragging him under the car. You can CLEARLY see Ward thrown several feet and lay motionless on the track.
This video is ALL over the Internet. That to me is not surprising but what IS surprising is that a news organization would choose to show viewers this video on live TV.
I know some people are going to say, “Well, it was all over the internet anyway!” SO? Out of respect for the families involved and the deceased WHY THE HELL would you show that? This ended in a life of a human being, meaning he is no longer on earth. Why would you show that on national television?
This isn’t a torn ACL, or a gruesome fracture in a basketball game. This was a tragic death. There should be no if, and’s, or but’s about it.
If someone was dying to see it so bad, they could have just gone to YouTube. You have to think about who your audience is, and the majority of people are not going to want to see a man die.