Woody: Something Is Wrong With This Picture
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
That hammering we heard earlier this week was said to be the final nails in Jeremy Mayfield’s coffin.
Even though NASCAR has produced another alleged positive drug test, along with an eye-witness who has sworn to Mayfield’s past drug use, I’ve still got some nagging questions.
For starters, how plausible is this scenario:
A celebrity who has been rocked by drug allegations, who has lived for weeks under intense media scrutiny, continued to buy and use drugs knowing he was under a microscope? And despite NASCAR’s notification that more tests were coming?
Are we to believe that Mayfield persisted in using drugs in the midst of a drug investigation, while waiting to be tested again?
It strains credulity.
Anyone who did that would have to be helplessly addicted and deliberately trying to get caught.
If that’s the case – if Mayfield was crying out for help – why doesn’t he now confess and seek treatment? Instead, he continues to profess his innocence.
Then there’s the “eye-witness.”
Mayfield’s stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, signed an affidavit on July 15 swearing that she witnessed Mayfield using methamphetamines “approximately 30 times” between 1998 and 2005.
She said she first saw him using the drug in 1998 at his shop in Mooresville where she said he “cooked” his own meth. She said after it became difficult to get the ingredients, Mayfield began buying meth from a dealer.
Let me get this straight: For seven years this woman witnessed an illegal and dangerous activity and never reported it to authorities?
For seven years she watched her stepson ingesting a deadly, addictive drug and never sought help for him?
She claims that she knew that he ran at least one race (at Darlington) under the influence of drugs, yet kept quiet, thereby endangering the life of Mayfield and every other driver on the track?
After keeping silent for so long about illegal drug manufacturing, illegal drug transactions, illegal drug use, and life-risking racing participation by a drug addict, why did she suddenly decide to come forward?
Odd that after all those years of silence her conscience suddenly acted up – just when NASCAR needed a star witness.
Equally odd is her statement that she witnessed so much drug use from 1998 through 2005 but mentions none since.
She also claims that “others” witnessed Mayfield’s drug use. Who are they? Since she’s naming names under oath, why not include them? Wouldn’t that bolster the case?
How did she know Mayfield was buying from a dealer? If she was aware of all this criminal activity, why didn’t she report it to the cops and try to get a dealer off the street?
Which brings us back to the Big Question: Why did she wait so long to reveal it? Somehow it doesn’t pass the smell test.
It doesn’t pass the sight test either. We’ve all seen pictures of pathetic meth addicts. They are invariably hollow-eyed and emaciated, with bad teeth and callow skin. Yet a photo of Mayfield snapped last week showed a showed a robust, clear-eyed young man with a dazzling smile. If he’s been a meth user all these years, how come he hasn’t wasted away?
I’ve said all along that this is the most puzzling, perplexing mystery in NASCAR history. I’ve never believed for a moment that NASCAR would deliberately falsify a drug test or wage some sort of personal vendetta against Mayfield.
At the same time, the accusations against Mayfield defy all logic.
Nothing about this ugly mess has made any sense from the start. Nothing still does.
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