TCSO releases short statement about Tony Stewart incident

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TULSA, Okla. —

Quick Facts:

  • A video posted to social media shows Tony Stewart having a confrontation with a spectator at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa
  • The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office confirmed the spectator was Cpl. Kyle Hess
  • Officials said they are investigating the incident. Hess is a 20-year veteran of the department

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released a statement about the incident involving an off-duty deputy and Tony Stewart at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa. 

"The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office takes seriously the conduct of its employees, whether on duty or off duty. While we respect our employees’ rights to free speech, we also expect all of our employees to follow the TCSO’s Code of Ethics which each pledges to uphold as part of their employment and to set an example at all times." 

A video posted to social media by a racing fan shows NASCAR champion Tony Stewart confronting a spectator at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa Friday night.

Stewart is serving as track coordinator at the tournament this weekend.

The spectator was identified as Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Kyle Hess.

TCSO officials told FOX23 they are investigating the incident. Officials told FOX23 that Hess has been with TCSO for at least 20 years.

It is unclear what led to the confrontation. Watch the video here:

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The Chili Bowl Nationals tournament is held every January at the Tulsa Expo Center. This year is the 30th anniversary. Stewart himself won the tournament in 2007.

TCSO officials said that Hess has not been placed on leave.