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Golden Tate Tweets At Jimmie Johnson, Rips NASCAR: Star Driver Responds (VIDEO)

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Jimmie Johnson, five-time champion NASCAR driver, was nominated for male athlete of the year at the 2011 ESPY Awards. Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate apparently had a problem with that.

On Wednesday, Tate ripped Johnson and NASCAR on Twitter when he posted, "Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism."

The tweets didn't stop there.

"I've driven a car on unknown roads at night at 90mph no big deal. No sign of athletism," Tate said.

He later apologized, saying he "actually read up on it and NO I couldn't race a car 150 mph."

Johnson, the 2009 AP Male Athlete of the Year, responded on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"I think it's easy to make a comment when you don't know," Johnson said. "In a lot of situations, people haven't been to a race or been close enough to our sport to understand what takes place here."

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