Edwards: Beard's comments a surprise

Carl Edwards said he is at a loss by revelations made in former girlfriend and Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard's tell-all book, which portrays the NASCAR Sprint Car driver as selfish, jealous and controlling.

“It really caught me off-guard,” Edwards said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, site of Saturday's Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday. “I considered us friends.

“All the correspondence [with her] between now and 2006 has been good.”

In In Water They Can't See You Cry, Beard wrote that Edwards was “adamant that his way was the only right one,” and that their relationship was all about Edwards.

“He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time,” she wrote. “He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

The former Olympic swimmer also said Edwards didn't like her to associate with her male friends or his NASCAR peers. She said he also Edwards “didn't even want me to have a glass of wine” after she admitted to him that she had used cocaine.

Edwards on Friday said he didn't know of the all personal problems Beard details.

And he said he would continue to be her friend.

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