Nationwide Series racer Jeremy Clements suspended for racial remark
Jeremy Clements was suspended from competition indefinitely NASCAR announced earlier this week and on Thursday he said it was because of a racial comment he made.
NASCAR or Clements will not specifically say what his comments were but he confirmed they were of a racial nature in an interview with ESPN.
“When you say ‘racial’ remark, it wasn’t used to describe anybody or anything,” Clements said. “So that’s all I’m going to say to that. And it really wasn’t. I was describing racing, and the word I used was incorrect and I shouldn’t have said it. It shouldn’t be used at all.”
Clements made the remark while taking a female NASCAR employee and an MTV reporter she was escorting to Johanna Long’s transporter. The MTV reporter asked Clements questions without recording and he used the racial term.
According to USA Today Sports, Clements will have to miss at least two races for violating NASCAR’s Code of Conduct for performing “actions detrimental to stock car racing”. NASCAR’s governing body will not even consider to reinstatement him until he finishes sensitivity training.