A spokesman for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office told NBC Sports on Monday that it has completed its investigation into an incident between Cpl. Kyle Hess, who was off duty at the time, and Tony Stewart at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January.
“The investigation into that incident has been concluded and handled according to policy,” Dep. Justin Green, public information officer for the Tulsa County’s Sheriff’s Office, emailed NBC Sports. “There are no results that I can release at this time.”
Stewart walked into the stands Jan. 15 to confront Hess, who had been heckling Stewart, according to witnesses. In one video, Hess appears to tell Stewart “I don’t like you” after Stewart walked up to him. They grabbed each others hands. As a security officer attempted to separate them, Hess appeared to push Stewart and fell down in the process.
Stewart was at the event to help prepare the indoor dirt track. A security officer told the Tulsa World that Hess “probably had too much beer from my observation after speaking with him. Hess was escorted from the event.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Jan. 22: “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 TSCO’s Code of Ethics, which each pledges to uphold as part of their employment and to set an example at all times.”