If anyone has ever not sworn in their lifetime, please comment below. You truly deserve a medal. For the rest of us though, swearing may be a second language—an occasional art while out with friends, or a private stub of the toe. Let's face it, the vast majority of us have done it.
Sure, swearing wasn't the entire problem with Kurt Busch's recent outburst, and his swearing outburst was not appropriate—but, to a degree, can I or anyone else blame him?
Let's put ourselves in the place of a driver—one who has seen a championship-run fizzle, and the final race crumble to pieces in their hands. Any human being would be filled with a mixture of emotions, the bulk of which would be frustration. Then, to add salt to the wound, the media can't wait to ask what went wrong and how it feels.
Because, clearly, the normal human being watching isn't intelligent enough to figure out a driver would be pissed in this situation.
There are likely some who could stand in front of the camera and keep a straight face and be polite, but not many. Certainly the bulk of drivers past or present wouldn't react like they are talking to the Queen of England, but it would be nice to try, right?
Kurt Busch didn't, or couldn't. Whether or not he tried is a question, but should he truly have to?
Shouldn't the media have more compassion for a driver than sticking a mic in his face so he can relay the ugly end to a season while still filled with testosterone and frustration?
Should he be fined for his actions? Sure. Should he have been more polite and should he be in the future? Sure. Should he possibly receive some anger management therapy? It can't hurt. Should his lack of judgement gain him as much media attention as the dangerous lack of judgement his brother showed? Surely not.
No doubt he made someone's mother blush with his comments, and surely his own. But it would be asinine to say all blame is on him. He was a competitive athlete fresh from the heat of battle with a microphone thrust in his face. How about some blame to the media for its need for immediate content at the sacrifice of some sense of privacy?
ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch wanted the scoop on how Busch felt, I guess he got more than he could handle.