It was only a matter of time before Twitter became a medium for this argument. One of the biggest issues NASCAR haters have with the sport of auto racing is that “anyone can do it.” People who aren’t into stock car racing think any fat slob can drive a car around a track and drivers don’t have to be athletes. Apparently one of those people is Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, and he caused a stir on Twitter by letting it be known during the ESPYs on Wednesday.
As From the Marbles pointed out, Tate took exception to the fact that five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was nominated for best athlete and tweeted the following:
“Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo … Driving a car does not show athleticism.”
As expected, that pissed off plenty people in the NASCAR community, and several fans expressed their discontent with Tate’s opinion while a couple of drivers took to their own Twitter accounts to defend themselves.