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.
part of the requirements for reinstatement, Jeremy Clements
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.