Bubba Wallace reacts to Kyle Petty's criticism: Y’all don’t pay my bills

"You get back and you see that ‘Bubba Wallace is mentally fragile and doesn’t want to do interviews,’ and [my response was] I was good"

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Bubba Wallace reacts to Kyle Petty's criticism: Y’all don’t pay my bills
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Kyle Petty, NBC analyst, is disappointed with the behavior of Bubba Wallace and Ty Gibbs. Namely, this duo did not want to give an interview before the Daytona, which caused Petty's frustration. He emphasized that the behavior of this duo is unacceptable.

“For professional athletes to refuse interviews is unacceptable in any game,” Petty said for NBC, as quoted by on3.com! “Unacceptable to your fans. Unacceptable to the sport. It’s just not — Ty Gibbs did the same thing.

He didn’t want to do an interview. I don’t know how these guys think that’s acceptable in any world because that’s what you’re here for. That’s what they pay you the money for. And it’s that stupid saying — that’s why you make the big bucks, dude.

You got to handle it. Put it on your shoulders and carry it. If mentally he is that fragile, then maybe this is not the game for him. You know, honestly”.

Bubba Wallace reacted

Bubba Wallace was under a lot of stress before the race, knowing how important this race was to him and his career.

Tremendous stress was also the reason why Wallace refused to give an interview. In those moments, he wanted his peace, his focus. In the end, Bubba emphasized that everyone has different coping mechanisms with stress. “That was the most important thing.

As much as talking to media is really important, I’m sorry [but] y’all don’t pay my bills. You get back and you see that ‘Bubba Wallace is mentally fragile and doesn’t want to do interviews,’ and [my response was] I was good.

I could have stayed on pit road [after the race] and talked to y’all for hours but I guess people handle their stress differently because absolutely, I was stressed to the max. I’ve never been stressed like that before. I’ve never been in this situation before”.

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