|Earnhardt: "No room for that in my life."|
Neither NASCAR nor Clements have disclosed the specifics of the remark, but Marty Beckerman, a blogger for MTV’s Guy Code, has confirmed that Clements used the `N-word’ in his presence during an interview last Saturday at Daytona.
Earnhardt was critical of Clements yesterday, saying, “It’s just really unfortunate that he chose to make that decision at that time to use that language. I don’t like it. There’s no room for that in my life. When one person’s mistake looks bad on the sport, it’s unfortunate.”
Beckerman has said Clements did not use the term in reference to a specific driver or crewmember, adding, “I asked him what would be Guy Code for race car drivers, and he blurted out (an answer that used the N-word).”
NASCAR Senior Vice President for Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell said today that the sanctioning body was correct in suspending Clements for his comments.
"We believe strongly that we made the right move,” said O’Donnell. “Our plan with Jeremy is to quickly engage Dr. Richard Lapchick to work with (him)… and get Jeremy back in the race car as soon as possible and as soon as we deem fit."
Lapchick, son of former NBA player Joe Lapchick, is director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. A recognized expert on race relations in sports, Lapchick will guide Clements through what sources categorized as “sensitivity training” before he is cleared to return to competition.