Tony Stewart drops an f-bomb, life goes on.

Nothing newsworthy here just Tony being Tony other than ESPN’s reaction.

I was actually watching the NASCAR practice past midnight on Friday night, but somehow missed the best part (it was a taped rerun, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised). Apparently, Tony Stewart told a cameraman to “get the f— away from me” during practice for the Kansas race. It was heard on-camera, ESPN apologized immediately, he’ll get punished, yada yada yada, life goes on, right?

Well, let’s stop to appreciate this priceless reaction from ESPN, courtesy of George McNeilly, senior director of corporate and consumer communications. “I think what occurred speaks for itself,” he told the Sporting News. What occurred was Tony Stewart and, yes, Tony Stewart always speaks for himself, usually without regard to whoever might be on the receiving end. While offending millions of virgin ears, it simultaneously keeps things interesting in an otherwise stolid sport off the track.

But Mr. McNeilly would never say that, now would he?

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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