Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/6/12

Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards dated for a about a year from 2005-2006. Judging by her new book, “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry,” it sounds like the relationship was far from a healthy one. According to Beard, Edwards was controlling and selfish. From the sound of it, she also did not enjoy the NASCAR culture — particularly the interactions between drivers and their significant others.

Beard says it was Edwards’ self-centered attitude that led to their inevitable breakup in 2006.

“He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time,” the seven-time Olympic medalist wrote according to Sporting News. “He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

She also said that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently” and that she felt “relieved and energized” when they split. Perhaps the most entertaining part of her recollections about Edwards were her memories about socializing with other drivers and their girlfriends and wives.

“Their entire existence revolved around their significant others,” she wrote. “Three beers and a thousand predictions later, I wanted to scream, ‘Don’t you guys have lives?’ They were very sweet, but I didn’t have anything in common with the rest of the women.”

If “Talladega Nights” didn’t just pop into your head, you’ve probably never seen the movie. Beard also added that Edwards was extremely jealous and asked her to stop doing sexy photo shoots for magazines like Maxim and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When she informed him that she had used cocaine before, she says Edwards was disgusted and didn’t even want her to have a glass of wine after that. From that point on, Beard says she decided she wasn’t going to tell him anything personal about herself. Naturally, that led to the demise of the relationship.

From what Beard says, there could be a lot of money in making a “NASCAR Wives” reality television series. Make it happen, VH1.

Photo credits: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE, Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Carl Edwards
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rajon Rondo wonders why Isaiah Thomas deserves tribute from Celtics

Raisman blasts USA Gymnastics over abuse allegations

Report: Cavs front office communicating less with players, coaches

Payton downplays taunting Vikings fans with ‘Skol’ clap

Sports world reacts to meteor lighting up Michigan sky

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Celtics legend Jo Jo White passes away at 71 after battle with cancer

Trevor Ariza reportedly viewed as Rockets' aggressor

Giants to play McCutchen in right, still pursuing CFs

Harrison wants trade if Pirates are not committed to winning

Source: Lakers ‘frustrated’ Lonzo Ball won’t stand up to his father

Report: Steelers owner facing pressure to fire Mike Tomlin

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Eight gutsy NBA trade deadline deals that would turn the tide

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Grading the deal: Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to Giants

The NBA's deep middle class emerges

Is Mike Moustakas that much better than Travis Shaw?

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker