Nov 4, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (78) before the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kurt Busch: 8th Most Hated Athlete


Forbes Magazine just composed their rankings of the most hated athletes in America. Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o headlined the rankings for this year.

However, NASCAR, didn’t go unnoticed in the rankings. The Outlaw himself, Kurt Busch, found himself ranked as the eighth most hated athlete.

“Hot tempered and arrogant, Busch has feuded with teammates and reporters alike,” Forbes writes of Kurt Busch.

Kurt Busch has been known for his rowdy attitude, something he and his brother Kyle have in common. If you ask me, Kyle’s attitude is far worse than Kurt’s, but then again, I’m not the one being surveyed either!

In fact if you asked me, the only reason Kurt’s attitude made him a popular hit in newspapers this year is because the media agitated the former Sprint Cup Series champion.

If the press and media would just give Kurt some personal space, I would be a betting man and say you’d hardly hear a word about him unless he won the race or had a great finish. The bulk of Kurt’s media and anger issues are all a result of the media giving the man absolutely no space or respect.

Busch is a champion. He’s proven that, and I think he will one day prove it again. Of course that is pending if he can land a top tier ride. His new job with Furniture Row Racing has been considered a fourth car for Richard Childress Racing who supplies FRR with engines and chassis. This is a huge turn in Busch’s favor that I expect will see an improvement of his on track performance.

Do I think a Busch deserved being ranked as one of the most hated athletes…yes. Is it Kurt Busch. No. Kurt works hard on the track and even harder off the track. The work he and his girlfriend put into their charity program is beyond anything I’ve seen. It deserves more attention and they deserve more credit. It’d be an honor to meet him in person one day.

For now, I hope the media backs off and gives the former champion the respect he deserves.

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