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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jeremy Clements reinstated after suspension for racial slur; lesson can be learned from this incident

That was fast.

Just a couple weeks after he was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for the use of a racial slur, Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements has been reinstated.

He will remain on probation until Sept. 13, 2013.
“As part of the requirements for reinstatement, Jeremy Clements participated in an individualized program with Dr. Richard Lapchick and his staff at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “In Dr. Lapchick’s judgment, Jeremy has successfully completed the program. We’re pleased that Jeremy has taken these important steps and will return to racing starting this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.”
I hope the experience has opened the eyes of Clements and the whole garage to the fact that the kind of language he used shouldn't be used at all. Not even in a seemingly harmless phrase that isn't directed at a specific person.

NASCAR was wise to take swift action on this, and I have a feeling other drivers will think twice about using this type of language in the future. The only thing it does it make the sport look bad.


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