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After a video of the racing star went viral showing her speaking to a group of fans that had been ‘booing’ her, folks in the industry and media were quick to want her side of the story – and she’s finally speaking out about it in a new AP Sports video.
Danica Patrick has been one of the most visible NASCAR drivers in recent history and a lot of that has been around her being one of the few female drivers to make giant strides and grow a huge fanbase.
The recent video captured Patrick explaining to the group of fans what being booed made her feel like.
“I’m a [expletive] person, too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings,” She was quoted as saying in reports that followed the viral video.
Sitting down for a minute with AP Sports, Patrick says that she “had a moment” with fans that were booing her and explained the series of events leading up to her “moment” that many folks have not seen.
The 35-year-old racing driver said that before fans saw her refuse to autograph memorabilia for a determined fan, there had been a somewhat-alarming interaction with part of her security detail.
“As I came around the corner, a security guard was grabbing someone that was running at me,” Patrick said. “So I was caught off guard and I felt bad – I could tell he was a fan, he had a t-shirt on and a die cast car, ya know.”
“But he was pulling him away, so I also didn’t feel it was right to honor that person for disrespecting the security guard and trying to get past him. So, I was put in this awkward situation…and I’m walking toward the garage area and over far across the road was fans that started booing.”
Recalling the moment that was captured in that viral video, she adds that “in a perfect world” she would have just kept going and not stopped to explain to them how it felt to be booed.
“Every now and again they just catch you in a moment…and I had a moment,” she said, finishing the interview.
What do you think of the interaction now that she has explained the events leading up to the video?
Watch her full interview with AP Sports below.