It has a lot less to do with Schwantz and a lot to do with media morons looking for some sensation or if it is really slow any old dross to stir up some controversy. Because Kevin didn't agree with Casey checking out for a few races in 2010, because he had no obvious physical injury, he is a prime target for the media to use to create a little dust cloud between GP's.
Most things in print are misinterpreted because we do not have any body language, tone, or inflection, to accurately guage how a person is responding to a question. We often miss the true meaning. Happens on this forum every minute of everyday.
I have no opinion either way on this one although I am highly confident that Casey doesn't care how Kevin repied to the question and I don't really think Kevin cares (not in an aggresive way) that Casey is retiring. His only other crime is to opine that he thought that Casey seemed to be an unhappy person around the paddock which maybe he is, I don't know the man neither does anyone else on this forum. People are people and I am certain there are things that make Casey laugh and smile but seemingly from most peoples point of view it isn't anything or anybody around the GP circus. So what? I think Casey's dour demeanor is just accentuated by what people see with Rossi at the other end of the spectrum. Most people prefer to be around lively, happy, characters who laugh and clown around.
It takes a special character to drive or ride fast and the best are usually at the extreme end of the personality spectrum. Examples, the morbidly dour, focused, noncommunicative bores no one wants to hang around with. F1 - Michael Shumacher, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen, Nikki Lauda. Bikes - Lawson, Stoner, Pons, Doohan, Pedrosa, Read. Examples, the ebullient, happy, joker, which people are attracted to. F1 - Graham Hill, James Hunt, Button, Johnny Herbert, etc. Bikes - Mamola, Rossi, Hailwood, Ago, Sheene and Schwantz. Funny how I found it harder to name the fun guys in F1? Bikes are sooo much cooler.
Peace, love, and happiness to you all....... Ciao Mama's!!!