Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup title on Sunday, leaving him just one shy of the record for championships won by a NASCAR driver in a career. His dominance of the sport was discussed during a segment on FOX Sports 1, with Donovan McNabb emphatically stating that stock car drivers are not athletes.
“I like what he’s been able to do,” McNabb said. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He’s not an athlete. He sits in a car and drives. That doesn’t make you athletic.”
Several drivers have been having fun with McNabb’s comments. Earlier this week, Johnson said that he is an athlete and so are all of the other drivers in the sport — including Tony Stewart. While Johnson decided to take the high road and insult one of his own, Kevin Harvick took aim at McNabb.
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) November 20, 2013
Burned. McNabb is certainly not the first person to say NASCAR drivers are not athletes. If you remember, a certain NFL receiver took issue with the fact that Johnson was nominated for best athlete at the ESPY’s a few years back. Still, McNabb is a guy who never won a championship in his sport. He’s always going to look bad making remarks like that.
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