Alex Bowman told his crew he was feeling unwell during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race with a spot in the next playoff round in jeopardy.
For most spectators, it was not only understandable for Bowman to have anxiety, but also admirable he was open to sharing it.
One prominent NASCAR media member, though, decided Bowman’s mental health should be joked about. He created an #AnxietyAlex hashtag on Twitter. Each of the three times he used the nickname, the backlash from the racing community grew stronger.
Jim Utter, an editor for Motorsports.com, blocked a wave of critics to his remarks from accessing his account but has left up the tweets for several hours after posting. Utter has more than 60,000 followers on Twitter.
UPDATE: Utter issued an apology via Twitter on Monday morning.
— Jim Utter (@jim_utter) October 12, 2020