Woody: Dog Pile On Mayfield!
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
As the most intriguing mystery in modern NASCAR history drags on – did suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield use a banned substance or did he not? – the piling-on has begun.
More and more bloggers and other ozone-dwellers are suggesting that the evidence against Mayfield is mounting and it is folly for him to buck NASCAR with its deep pockets and pro-bowl team of attorneys.
They wonder why he doesn’t simply take his medicine – no pun intended – like a good little boy?
Why not enter a treatment center as NASCAR ordered, serve his time, get his return ticket stamped?
Wouldn’t that be the simple, practical, economical thing to do?
Yes, it would.
Except for one little thing:
What if he’s innocent?
What if the drug test was somehow botched?
Would you plead guilty if you were innocent just to take the easy way out?
Besides, let’s not kid ourselves: Even if Mayfield agreed to jump through the hoops, go through treatment and do all else that’s been ordered, it would still be impossible for him to rehabilitate his racing career.
Once he came out of treatment he would carry the taint of a druggie. Every time he walked through the garage, eyes would be averted. Old friends would be cool. And can you imagine trying to land corporate sponsorships with that stain on his record?
If he’s guilty, he’s finished.
If he’s innocent, he may still be finished.
I have no idea who’s telling the truth. As I’ve said from the start, it’s hard to believe that Mayfield would play Russian Roulette with his career, knowing he could be drug-tested at any moment; it’s equally hard to believe that NASCAR’s lab technicians could carelessly misdiagnose his drug test.
I’ll say this: If he is guilty, Mayfield is the most brazen bluffer this side of Amarillo Slim.
If he indeed had some banned substance in his system, he knows that NASCAR knows. So why on earth is he persisting with his lawsuit?
Why would Mayfield continue to raise the ante, betting on a lost hand? Surely he knows NASCAR will never fold.
That’s what makes it so intriguing. If he’s guilty, why does he continue to dig a deeper hole for himself? Instead of simply being suspended from racing, he’s liable to end up in prison.
And if he’s not guilty and can prove it – if somebody somewhere fouled up, made an inadvertent error, and destroyed Mayfield’s career and reputation – will the sport ever recover?
– Larry Woody can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Comments