Remember how champion NASCAR racer Kyle Busch smashed that beautiful hand-painted Les Paul after winning a race at the Nashville Superspeedway a few months back? And remember how lots of folks responded with something along the lines of "That was a real dick move, buddy!" Well all the "dick move" jeers must have made it back to Busch's publicist, because Fox 17 reports that he's just made a hefty donation ($30,000) to two Metro schools for the purchase of 162 Gibson guitars--20 of them electric guitars and two of them basses. The axes will go to music students at Glencliff and Overton high schools by the end of October. Here's a quote from Busch. No, seriously:
You know, with the kids and everything with all the guitars and stuff and the music industry here, you know, it's been a neat deal to experience and, you know, spread some joy.
Serious question: Do you think Busch still would have smashed that guitar had he won the race after Les Paul's death? Yeah, probably so. Nashville Alliance for Public Education director Pam Garrett says she acknowledges Busch's donation as an "apology of sorts." But I still don't think I've heard the words "I'm sorry." He did say he meant no disrespect. And, as we all know, when someone says they mean no disrespect, they can't possibly be accused of being disrespectful. Oh wait.