Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mayfield Denied In Latest Court Appeal

The United States Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR; the latest setback in a series of legal decisions to go against Mayfield in the last three years.

Jeremy Mayfield
Mayfield was suspended from competition in 2009 after failing a random drug test that allegedly found methamphetamine in his system. He alleged a false positive result caused by a mixture of the over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin-D and a prescription drug, Adderall, taken to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. He also sued NASCAR for defamation of character, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and negligence, saying the sport’s substance abuse testing policy was flawed and failed to follow federal guidelines. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen ruled that Mayfield had waived his right to sue when he signed an application to be a NASCAR driver and team owner.

Mayfield appealed that decision, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Mullen was correct in dismissing Mayfield's complaint. Judges Roger Gregory, Barbara Milano Keenan and Liam O'Grady ruled unanimously against Mayfield, with Gregory writing “the liability waiver is enforceable under Florida law."
Today’s ruling was the latest in a series of legal setbacks for Mayfield, who has repeatedly claimed to be the subject of a conspiracy involving NASCAR, local police and sheriff’s departments. He currently faces multiple felony charges in the aftermath of a Catawba County Sherriff’s Department raid on his home last November, which allegedly discovering 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in a locked safe. Four additional indictments were handed down in Catawba County, NC, last month; three counts of possessing stolen property and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. He also faces four counts of felony larceny in nearby Caldwell County.

NASCAR Senior Vice President for Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell commented on the latest court decision, saying, “This case was never about anything more than NASCAR's ability to keep the sport clean and our competitors safe.”


  1. Anonymous9:19 AM

    How much does it take for him to get it?

  2. That fool is never gonna learn. He is digging himself into a hole so deep no court order will ever help him. Even if they turned everything over, he would never be welcomed back into the NASCAR community. He deserves everything he is getting for his actions

  3. Anonymous11:07 AM

    You had the world in your hand Jeremy Mayfield!! The bad choices you made, took it all away!! It's time you take respectability for your actions and move on. From Lee on Vermont

  4. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Meh. Why does he think he even has a case? He simply needs to go away, face his demons and get himself straight. But I doubt he will.

    Doug from NJ


    Happy Birthday ya old f...t, many many more to come.

  5. this story can not get any sadder. he may already be beyond help.

    Lori (colorado)

  6. JM continues in total denial, but you lie in the bed you make. It's sad.

  7. If you read the PDF of this which was posted on Twitter, it is an interesting read.

    He was suing for breach of contract, which he couldn't under FL law, ok. Then he was suing for defamation. I can't tell you how many times I had someone tell me NASCAR told the public that it was for Meth. They did not. ESPN did. All NASCAR said, as stated in the ruling, was that he had failed the drug test as a result of an illegal or performance enhancing drug.

    That's what happened. Regardless if they had resolved it in the end, it was purely a statement of fact. And what does JM do? Flips out and sues them. How did he think this would turn out?

  8. I've said this before, this is so sad. I used to have a lot of respect for Jeremy. I still believe he was railroaded by Ray Evernham, but that is the only thing he's been railroaded on. The rest is all his own doing, I don't think NASCAR has banned him for life yet. But I think enough damage has been done that the only place Jeremy Mayfield will ever race again is in a game.

  9. Anonymous10:23 AM

    unfortunately when there is mind/body altering drugs involved, whether legal or illegal, used or misused, it sometimes gives a person a false sense that they can cover up/beat it successfully..and when backed against a wall they won't admit they were wrong-take their lumps and move on, but rather continue to maintain they are right and everyone else is wrong, including offering up shot in the dark reasons. Persecution syndrome enhanced by chemicals....He is convinced that he did NO wrong and nothing and nobody will ever be able to convince him otherwise...it is the nature of the beast. So sad for Jeremy and those around him. He had a promising future that was destroyed, not by others, but by himself and those that may have enabled the behaviour.