Drug Abuse Continues to Plague NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield by E. B. Chuong
Most racing fans are far too familiar with this story by now. The saga started in May of 2009 when NASCAR driver and team owner Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for the use of methamphetamines
. He was promptly suspended and his racing team began to fall apart. At the beginning of July, a US District Court Judge granted a temporary injunction that allowed Mayfield to continue racing. Unfortunately, he couldn't find any sponsors and has been plagued with severe financial problems that have rendered him unable to race.
In the latest twist, Mayfield once again failed a random drug screening on July 6th, just 5 days after his reinstatement. His injunction has since been lifted and he has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
All throughout the debacle, Mayfield has claimed that he has never used illegal drugs
and NASCAR is out to get him. He has accused the organization of falsifying drug test reports. Jeremy's wife and crew have adamantly denied that he has ever used drugs.
Mayfield's representatives have declared that the drug tests produced false positives caused by his use of Claritin. This has been disputed by NASCAR due to the high levels of banned substances that were found during his initial screening. The results from his second screening showed a high concentration of water in his urine, indicating that he consumed an excess amount of clear liquids in an attempt to beat the test.
Mayfield's stepmother has recently been in the news after giving a statement that claims on a number of occasions she personally witnessed his methamphetamine use
dating all the way back to 1998. His parents attempted to intervene because they worried that his drug use was getting out of control.
I understand that most sports often discipline athletes for using performance enhancing substances, but those types of guidelines don't really directly correlate to the sport of NASCAR. It is refreshing to see that they are attempting to rid the sport of recreational drug users. These drivers are role models for young people all over the world and should behave as such.
Thankfully, it appears that the Mayfield saga has finally reached its end. Jeremy is quickly losing public support as he throws out all of these wild accusations against the NASCAR organization. He publicly denounced his own stepmother in an extremely disrespectful manner using language that I refuse to repeat. At the end of the day, this man will have to live with his mistakes and bear the burden of the consequences.
About the Author
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