Anyway I think it was his private life. He is free to do whatever he wants and nobody of us has the right to judge about his private life.
That all sounds very poetic. So you admire a man who cheated on his wife and did drugs all the time. Oh yes, he was so admirable.
This is the most typical hypocrisy of our society. You are judging right now, we all are. It's not wrong to judge, the Bible was just a book and it was wrong. Jesus judged as well. And as a matter of fact all societies have laws interfering on our personal lives. Actually I quoted mep because of the phrase, but the same thing is implied in other posts as well.
Maybe the worst thing is that the "hey man, don't judge, bro" thing is played whenever it's convenient. Like when people at this topic start talking about drivers being corporate robots and all sponsors being greedy or a book even worse than the Bible that was wrote by one of the worst generations of German thinkers and then say that it's all right to be like Hunt.
So all companies, everyone making money, everyone tying to be decent or everyone trying to like decent people is hypocrite and wrong no doubt and people like Hunt is not only ok but can't be put to judge? Hell, people here make 10 pages topics about a wrong attitude by a driver or FIA or a Team. I guess for some all it takes to scape the judgement is to be rebel. If it has flaws it's all right then, except if it's something or someone making a lot of money or having a behaviour that goes against personal believes it seems.
Seriously, it makes the book phrases, song and citations used here useless and laughable. Yoda, yoda, yoda don't judge others, there are many right ways, yoda, yoda, yoda but have you seen those criminals of the financial crisis? Typical behavior of wrong rebel supporters.
Some of us like to support good people first hand before supporting their abilities, it's not hypocrisy all the time nor a requirement of perfection. Also it's not an expectation that they don't make any profit out of their abilities. If they make money out of sponsors, games for "children" or whatever legal and morally correct way it matters as much as if the person has a more calm attitude or a more "correct rebel" one. What a book largely as worth as the Bible or any other religious book says about this is nearly worthless. It's a personal issue. What is wrong independent of the stile you like is things like drinking before driving an F1 car around other competitors, cheating your wife (even if she knew what was coming) and being a real dick out of the track just to show how "radical" he is, not to mention the drugs issue by itself that was never just a personal life thing.
About people saying that all geniuses are like that or that only people that behave this way is successful or gets their name on history, think about that: Button has the same amount of titles of Hunt. There are many more drivers with even more titles that were not like that. If they have less fans or are less know sometimes I bet that that's even what they wanted. The less talked about you are when you are successful the less you get envious people talking about how terrible you are because of your money or power that you conquered rightfully. Or that people start making questions out of your not so rightfully earned possessions if that's the case.
Not to mention putting your name in history is not always a good thing, many terrible people did it and are admired by some even today. But I get the thing about people saying geniuses "must be jerks or full of defects" and "correct people never get anywhere". Coming also from Latin America I know that attitude quite a lot around here. There is so many unsuccessful people here that for some of them it's inconceivable to someone to be good at something without doing something wrong to get to be this good or while having their success. The funny thing is that they usually adopt the strategy of doing anything to achieve success no matter right or wrong and almost everyone of them reaches a less than mediocre life by those means, while complaining that everyone else does it too. Unless it's a friend, someone they like or themselves of course, as in this case people just shouldn't judge. Says a lot about why some societies are the way they are and unfortunately it seems that it's an international thing.
So the same people start giving examples like Agassi, Woods, Armstrong and others as to justify this. But those are a minority and some got famous only by their bad acts, even if I agree that there are loads of successful people that follow that path and got where they are by dirty tricks. I can give you 5 names of tennis players, 10 names of drivers and many more that didn't follow that path and, aggressive or calm, are hugely admired, successful and are brilliant. Happily the world has more good geniuses than bad ones. Also, thank God that sports are becoming so demanding that "hey, I'm a rebel, let's do drugs before the race" types are physically unable to perform good. The world has it's ways to leave the rotten behind.
And, BTW, I want to see people talking that this bad genius type is necessary to the world when the next flamboyant billionaire that got his money out of schemes causes the next financial crises. Then I bet we will see people dropping the don't judge speech real quick.