Greg Anderson’s comments of unsportsmanlike actions to driver Erica Enders on ESPN2 last week created a firestorm of controversy. Yesterday Anderson apologized for bringing his comments to national television.
“First of all, I apologize for the interview. I apologize for bringing this to national TV,” Anderson said in an interview with ESPN2. “That shouldn’t have been done. I made a mistake there. That should have been handled behind closed doors. Since then we’ve spoke, we’ve had words, Erica and I think 100-percent understand where each other comes from on the issues. The both of us realized we don’t need that distraction. We have more important things to do. We’re trying to chase down Allen Johnson.”
Anderson’s comments last Sunday in Sonoma drew the ire of many race fans who voiced their displeasure of the Summit Racing-sponsored driver via Facebook, Twitter and many drag racing message boards.
Case in point, the article on CompetitionPlus.com describing the exchange drew over 150 Facebook comments, many of which could not be posted on the magazine’s page due to profanity-laced comments critical of Anderson.
Enders confirmed as CompetitionPlus.com reported on July 29 the issue stemmed from a photo taken beside Anderson’s trailer following her victory at the O’Reilly NHRA Route 66 Nationals. The picture shows Enders holding her trophy at the urging of her sponsor Gaston Kearby. The photo became an internet sensation.
Anderson, who lost to Enders in the final round, took offense to the picture.
“My sponsor wanted the picture and it kinda meant as ‘we finally beat this guy … like he’s the best in the world,” explained Enders. “I’ve been very clear about how I respect him and their team. There was no disrespect meant by the photo. Anybody who knows me would know that. It could have been solved, plain and simple, behind closed doors. It happened and it is what it is. He apologized.”
Enders she’s willing to apologize too.
“If I hurt his feelings, I have no problem apologizing to him,” Enders said. “I’ve told him that. We’ve put the whole thing behind us and I guess we will go from there.”
Anderson is ready to move forward.
“We’re over it, it’s time to go forward … it’s a nonissue right now,” Anderson concluded.
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