One week after the release of swimmer Amanda Beard's autobiography in which she portrayed ex-boyfriend Carl Edwards as controlling, self-absorbed and jealous, the NASCAR driver met with the media Friday at Texas Motor Speedway to discuss Beard's comments.
Though he doesn't recall everything that happened between the two during their time together, Edwards disputed Beard's account of their relationship.
"I don't know if I am supposed to talk about the psychology of feelings and opinions when you have a relationship that doesn't work out, or if I am supposed to talk about the strategies to sell books or whatever," Edwards said. "To be honest with you guys, it is just weird. I don't know how to address things that I don't even remember happening. That is tough.
"It is pretty far out there out of left field for me."
In her memoir In The Water They Can't See You Cry, the Olympic swimmer chronicled the numerous personal issues she's faced – including bulimia – but also wrote her relationship with Edwards ended after nearly a year together due to a lack of communication and jealousy.
Beard also detailed that Edwards disapproved of her talking with other drivers while she was at the track and often made little to no time for her.
"I appreciate you asking the questions, but the hard part is to even talk about it because it just really caught me off guard and is kind of sad in a way for me to read that," Edwards said. "It made me feel a little bit sad for Amanda that she was going through all that.
"All the correspondence we have had between 2006 and now has all been good. Like I said, I considered us friends. I want to be very clear that I am not going to stand up here and bash her or say bad things about her because I didn't know all that stuff was going on. She is a mother and a wife and someone that I cared about. If down the road she ever needs something from me, she's got it."
Edwards, now married and the father of two, did make it a point to say that if he had known what Beard was going through, he would have gone out of his way to help.
"I guess all I can say is that I considered us friends and I didn't realize that she had all those problems," Edwards said. "I would have done anything in the world to have helped her with those. As always, regardless of what she writes in her books and things like that, if she ever needs something from me I would be there to help her out. I don't know what else to say about that."