Travis Kvapil: How Not To Treat A Woman

The following is…completely ridiculous and uncalled for as far as I’m concerned.  Maybe I’m behind the times but it’s just not right.

Source: (www.jayski.com) My reaction to follow.

Kvapil charged with assault UPDATE3: Police in Mooresville, NC say a NASCAR driver has been arrested and charged with assault after getting into a dispute with his wife. According to the Mooresville Police Department, officers were called to the home of Travis Wade Kvapil, 37, on Tuesday evening after getting a 911 call. Officers say Kvapil, who is currently the driver of the #93 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, and his wife had been involved in a domestic dispute. Kvapil was arrested and charged with assault on a female and false imprisonment. Kvapil was taken to Iredell County Jail and held under a domestic hold awaiting an appearance in District Court. Kvapil drives for BK Racing, with teammate #83-David Reutimann. BK Racing posted a photo of Kvapil and Reutimann’s race cars on Twitter around 1:00pm/et on Wednesday showing both cars with ribbons supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. That photo was pulled from Twitter after news of Kvapil’s arrest broke.(WBTV)(10-9-2013)
UPDATE: The team [BK Racing] told Sporting News it had no comment yet on the incident. Kvapil has been released from custody, according to a state offender database. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the sanctioning body has no comment at this time with the matter in the hands of legal authorities.(Sporting News)(10-10-2013)
UPDATE2: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head as she tried to pull away Tuesday night, causing minor injuries and resulting in his arrest, according to police and court records. Kvapil, who was not under the influence of alcohol and did not use any weapons, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment. His next court date will be Nov. 19, according to Iredell County (N.C.) District Court records obtained Thursday morning by the Sporting News. Kvapil, 37, and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.(Sporting News)(10-10-2013)
UPDATE3: BK Racing has opted to stand behind Travis Kvapil and allow the driver to remain behind the wheel of the #93 Toyota this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “After discussions with NASCAR and the Kvapil family, BK Racing has elected to support Travis and his family,” co-owner Ron Devine told FOX Sports on Thursday. “It’s the right thing for Travis and his family to let the system take its course. He has the ability to set aside the issues and focus, and hes prepared to race this weekend.”(FoxSports)(10-10-2013)
NASCAR Statement Regarding Travis Kvapil: “NASCAR does not condone the actions with which Travis Kvapil has been charged and we are disappointed to learn of this incident. We have been in close communication with the race team and are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. NASCAR takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward.”(NASCAR)(10-10-2013)
Statement from BK Racing: The following is a statement from BK Racing regarding the allegations against driver Travis Kvapil: “BK Racing understands the severity of the situation and we don’t condone the actions that Travis has been accused of,” commented Ron Devine, co-owner of BK Racing. “We feel it’s important to let the system take its course. For that reason, we have elected to support Travis and his family and keep Travis in the car for this weekend’s race. Further comment will be available as additional information becomes available.”(BK Racing)(10-10-2013)

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Yeah, I’m going to call him out here.

Travis, what you did to your wife in update 2 of Jayski’s account was completely wrong.  It doesn’t matter if it’s from stress because you’re not performing and you continually get beaten on the track by Danica Patrick (It’s true).  That is not the way you treat any woman, let alone your wife, whom you are responsible to have and to hold, to love and to cherish until death does you part…or is it possible you’ve forgotten your wedding vows already?  What you’ve done is essentially the opposite.  First you mistreated her by grabbing her by the hair (That hurts you know…doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or girl).  Then you were going to keep her in there against her will to do who knows what…and when she tried to pull away because you were obviously not fulfilling your obligations to her as her husband, you struck your own wife on the head intending to injure her.  What kind of man beats a woman?  What kind of man beats his own wife???  You’re stronger than her already.  That’s not proving anything.  Does it make you feel good or something?  That’s disgraceful!  Especially that you did all that with a sober mind.  You had all the capabilities to make better decisions and you didn’t.  What a shame!

Travis obviously needs to grow up and be a real man.  It’s not about how physically aggressive you can be.  He’s 37 years old for crying out loud!  He should know better.  People will try to justify his actions with anecdotes like this.  “Maybe his wife wasn’t treating him right.”  “Maybe his father taught him that.”  In the end,Travis’ actions are his own fault and he needs to live with the consequences.  No one else is to blame, certainly not his wife.  Men always get to run in these situations, because it’s so much easier to blame the wife.  A real man wouldn’t allow something like this to ever happen in the first place.

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