Monday, October 17, 2011

RIP Dan Wheldon and Death Profiteering

It was with great sadness as I watched the IZOD IndyCar race live from Las Vegas, NV yesterday to hear of Dan Wheldon's passing from injuries he sustained in the worst race crash I have ever seen. If you have not seen the video, it is truly chilling. As fans, we easily forget just how dangerous this sport can be.

As a lifelong race fan of multiple race series, Formula 1 and IndyCar in particular, Indy racing has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up with a Grandma who lived in Indianapolis, I have been to the International Motor Speedway on several occasions. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dan Wheldon who is survived by a wife and two beautiful children, ages 7 months and 2 years. Their lives will never be the same. The racing community is a tight knit group of people and they are all suffering today. Two other drivers remain hospitalized, Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand.

Now, a subject I have discussed at length in the past, with much loathing, but for whatever reason, this reaches an all new low. Of the 583 Dan Wheldon items listed on eBay, over 520 of them have been listed since his death was announced. WHAT THE F@*& IS WRONG WITH YOU SICK PEOPLE!?!!? Is the need for some quick cash so great that you just wait for these opportunities to happen!?!?! Seriously! YOU ARE SICK AND DEMENTED!!! I own his rookie card and an autograph and the last thing I felt compelled to do was to rush to the keyboard and list them on eBay. I deplore the everyone of you, you sick bastards.


gritz76 said...

I'm sure articles like these don't help the matter. This has bothered me for a long time too!

night owl said...

The business world has no conscience. It should. It used to. But it doesn't anymore. I know that's a generality, but you can link this behavior to all the other business world garbage we've seen the last five years.

Pablo said...

I am not surprised that people are selling Wheldon memoriabilia and cards. This business and hobby is WAY too much about making money. Goes to show you how many greedy, heartless souls are out there. If Weldon had died years ago, the selling of his memoriabilia would be a non-issue today. When Padre players Ken Caminiti and Mike Darr died, I didn't go and sell the cards, photos, and baseballs that they signed for me; I kept them! I was especially pretty sad when Caminiti died because he was my favorite player. I feel bad for the families of these deceased athletes whose lives were cut too short due to disease and/or accident. Prayers go out to Wheldon's family.

Anonymous said...

I wrote an article about profitting off of the death of an athlete back when Derek Boogard passed away and I couldn't agree with you more. People are twisted and shameless in pursuit of a buck. Sickening.

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