NASCAR Right to Suspend Kurt Busch for Pocono Race

DOVER, DE - JUNE 02:  (L-R) Team owner Kyle Busch talks with Kurt Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, on pit road after the NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 2, 2012 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 5, 2012

It went viral. 

What did those three words mean 20 years ago? Probably not a whole lot. 

But today, we hear that term often when videos receive an extreme amount of views in little time. A viral video can happen anywhere in the world, especially when you're under the microscope.

Kurt Busch found out first hand after his comments to reporter Bob Pockrass were caught on video. It went viral, and now Busch is in some big trouble.

According to Chad Leistikow of USA TODAY, Busch has been suspended through June 13, which includes this week's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. 

NASCAR did the right thing by suspending Busch through June 13.

You can't have situations like this happen when you're a professional. He took a question and made it seem like the reporter was attacking him personally. Take a look at the question and decide for yourself. 

"Busch had been asked about racing hard against Justin Allgaier and whether being on probation caused him to exercise on-track restraint," said Leistikow in his article.  

Busch responded with this comment. 

"It refrains me from beating the (expletive) out of you right now, because you ask me stupid questions. But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well." 

You're right, Kurt, that was improper to say. I don't see what the big deal is about the question. It's fair to ask.

But now that his temper got the best of him, Busch will be sidelined. Busch did apologize for the incident. 

"I accept NASCAR's decision. I put them in a box. They had to take action, and it's my fault for putting them in this position. I apologize for the comments I made to Bob Pockrass."

Sitting him out at Pocono is a strong message and a message that I believe will get through. You can't have comments like that from professional drivers. It's unacceptable. 

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