NASCAR driver Jeremy Clements made a verbal wrong turn and now he has been suspended indefinitely. In an interview with a reporter at Daytona 500, Clements made a racial slur which is in violation of NASCAR policy section 7-5, which is NASCAR's Code of Conduct and 12-2 which concerns actions detrimental to stock car racing:
"During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that's explicitly spelled out in the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code."
Clements also acknowledged his error and made the following statement:
"I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team. NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code. I will not get into specifics of what I said but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment."
To be reinstated Clements will have to go through a program that NASCAR will shape for his needs.
Jersey Girl Sports fam, it's not being reported exactly WHAT he said, but we do know it was racial. I think the "n" word was used. What is actually shocking for me is NASCAR's response. NASCAR has a history of racial intolerance and it wasn't that long ago that racial and misogynistic slurs were commonplace in the pit.
However, with the increase in NASCAR's popularity, the change in this country's demographics coupled with the companies that support these drivers, these sidetrack conversations and comments are now more scrutinized. I sincerely hope Jeremy is sorry for what he said.
Shout out to the reporter who first published this story.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,