Tony Stewart, who killed Kevin Ward in a car accident, called Colin Kaepernick as an idiot for disrespecting the national anthem.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted to sit while the national anthem was playing as part of his protest against the discriminating treatment of black people in America. As such, the athlete drew flak, one of which came from NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
He said in a tweet, “I’m sorry but @Kaepernick7 needs to learn the fact about police before running his [expleative]mouth! He has no clue what they go thru! #idiot.”
However, 45-year-old car racing driver Tony Stewart’s “idiot” remark backfired when Twitter fans dragged Kevin Ward Jr. into the topic.
Kevin Ward Jr. was killed by Tony Stewart in 2014 due to a car crash after a confrontation, Yahoo Sports said.
One tweet said, “@TonyStewart You know who else can’t stand for the national anthem? Kevin Ward, Jr.”
“My man’s Tony Stewart murdered a guy on camera and got away with it. That was a wild time,” another one said.
But Tony Stewart will not back down from the backlash.
When one asked him, “Didn’t you kill a guy,” he then responded with, “@Philatticus @Kaepernick7 you’re as dumb as he is. Learn the facts.”
Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick still take a firm stand for what he did, saying, “I mean people are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and liberty and justice to everybody.”
He added that he does not want to stand up and show pride for the flag of the country which has been oppressing the Black people, USA Today said.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” the quarterback said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”