Wednesday, November 02, 2011
COMMENTARY: Good Luck, Jeremy Mayfield. Now Go Away.
After last night, those supporters are few and far between.
Many of us were inclined to believe Mayfield at first, hoping against hope that some colossal mix-up might be to blame for his positive drug test. Not holding a degree in chemistry, we hoped that his Adderal + Claritin = Methamphetamine explanation might somehow hold water. Ultimately, though, his allegations of conspiracy and skullduggery became so bizarre, so outlandish that many believers found themselves falling by the wayside.
Faced with the tidal wave of evidence against him, Mayfield’s “The World Is Out To Get Me” defense could probably have been expected. His unfortunate attempt to drag the sport down with him was unseemly, but also not surprising, considering his ugly departure from Evernham Motorsports just a few years earlier. Clearly, Jeremy Mayfield is a man willing to burn bridges on his way out of town.
Now, it appears he has gotten his wish. He has alienated NASCAR, his former teams, fellow competitors and fans, and made himself a pariah in a sport that once embraced him as one of its own. It is a sad tale, but hopefully, there can still be a happy ending. Perhaps Tuesday night’s arrest will serve as “rock bottom” for Jeremy Mayfield; a singular, defining moment that spurs him – at long last -- down the road to recovery.
It’s not too late for Mayfield to save himself. The judicial system will almost certainly bring his current addiction to an end, either with a prison sentence or probation/substance abuse testing. His NASCAR career, however, has passed the point of no return. There have simply been too many lies, too many misguided allegations against innocent third parties and too many attempts to transfer blame.
I wish the best for Jeremy and Shana Mayfield personally. But professionally, it’s time for them to simply fade away.