Tony Stewart is opening up about the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. for the first time EVER since being cleared of all criminal charges in the incident. Tony admits he hasn’t spoken to Kevin’s family since that tragic day.
In an emotional speech, Tony Stewart, 43, said that he “knows” the on-track death of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 “was an accident.” He also confessed that he doesn’t “need to talk to” Kevin’s family for closure. Here’s what we know.
Tony Stewart: Why He’s Not Talking To Kevin Ward Jr’s Family After Accident
Tony was cleared of all criminal charges on Sept. 24. Now, he’s spoken out to the media to explain if he has any plans to speak to Kevin Ward Jr.’s family.
“You know I think at this point it’s… I want to be available to them if they want to talk about it,” Tony said, according to a video from TMZ.
“At this point, I don’t need to talk to them for closure. I know what happened. I know it was an accident. But I’m offering to talk to them to help them if it helps them with closure. I said it when we were in Atlanta and I still believe it, I want to be available to them if and when they ever want to talk.”
Tony was clearly shaken up and emotional while he talked to the media about that terrible day. Watch the video from TMZ here.
Tony Stewart: Racing ‘Didn’t End Up Being Fun’ The Night Of Kevin’s Death
During the media conference, Tony was also asked if he has any regrets. He said he wishes he hadn’t raced that fateful night.
“It wasn’t a big paying race, for sprint car standards. I just wanted to run my sprint car for a night. I do it to have fun. And it didn’t end up being fun that night,” Tony said.
As we previously reported, a source told HollywoodLife.com that after being cleared of all charges, “Tony is beyond relieved that this nightmare is over when it comes to having charges cleared, but he will never ever forget the incident and what it has done to so many people’s lives including himself.”
What a sad situation. Our thoughts continue to be with Kevin’s loved ones as they deal with their loss.
— Megan Ross