February 04, 2022
Ghosts of Athletes Past

If an intimidating ghost told you to be reckless, would you? Let's break it down #FreakyFriday style. 51-year-old Daniel Glen Asseff appeared in a Las Vegas courthouse earlier this week for attempting to use his car to run over two bicyclists,...


If an intimidating ghost told you to be reckless, would you? Let's break it down #FreakyFriday style.

51-year-old Daniel Glen Asseff appeared in a Las Vegas courthouse earlier this week for attempting to use his car to run over two bicyclists, crashing into two vehicles, then entering I-215 heading north in the southbound lane. Police were able to stop him, but not before he caused multiple car accidents, but no severe injuries.

When asked by the judge if he understood his charges, he answered in the affirmative. However, his reason was a bit -- paranormal.

Asseff claims that the ghost of Dale Earnhardt Senior appeared, instructing him to drive the wrong way on the interstate. He claimed that the Intimidator wanted him to open I-215 as a NASCAR and Indy car racing track, which would be approved by the mayor.

These are very similar circumstances with the case of Ray Kinsella, a corn farmer in Iowa who heard a voice telling him, "if you build it, he will come." After Shoeless Joe Jackson appeared to him, he cleared a large portion of his crop, built a baseball diamond where legends of the game gathered to play, and eventually his dead father.

Listening to dead athletes worked out well for Kinsella. Assef, on the other hand, not so much. He is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of battery with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. It may not be the best decision to take driving instruction from a person who became a ghost because of a tragic car accident.

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