ranked the third most-hated athlete, was recalling the night he met Patricia Driscoll, his ex-girlfriend.
He was in family court in Delaware because Driscoll claimed he had choked her and bashed her head into a wall in September 2014 and she was seeking a no-contact order.
Back home, at around a.m., she invited over a neighbor, who later testified that Driscoll’s neck was red, suggesting she’d been choked. At one point, she went over to a mirror and examined her neck, where she says bruises were starting to appear.
She took photos (submitted in court, they can be seen here, here and here) and says she thought about how a friend had died at the hands of a man.
But on the witness stand, Busch was the one lobbing accusations, claiming he wouldn’t have dared assault Driscoll.
“I knew that she could take me down at any moment,” he said, “because she’s a badass.”Once, he said, she showed up at their hotel room in El Paso, Texas, wearing a trench coat over a blood-soaked evening gown. You’re sitting there thinking, What movie were you watching last night? ”Their four-year relationship was going south, fast.
“You pass it off…as a drunk incident,” she says now.
She recalls telling Busch, “If you quit drinking, get back on your meds and you go see the psychiatrist, I will continue my relationship with you.” (A publicist for Busch’s racing team declined to make him available for an interview, and Busch testified that the incident Driscoll is referring to never happened.)For a while, he seemed to have his anger under control.
Months later, when a Sporting News reporter asked how the probation was affecting his driving, Busch replied, “It refrains me from not beating the shit out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions.” “That kind of anger will eat you up,” Driscoll said in a 2012 documentary about his career.
She later testified in family court that during that time, Busch turned his anger on her and once assaulted her.
She told herself: No matter what he says to you, sweet talks you, this is the end.