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Mayfield, May Not Have


Once promising NASCAR star Jeremy Mayfield received an injunction that would allow him to race this weekend, but no sponsor wanted the driver in the car with their logo. That's understandable. Sponsors wouldn't want to give the impression that they support the use of methamphetamines. Some drivers filed affidavits saying that they wouldn't feel safe on the same track with Mayfield. That's also understandable. What I understand, but completely think is wrong is Jeff Burton's comment that Mayfield should be tested every 24 hours, then followed that up by saying he don't think that's harassment. If I was the reporter, I would have asked Burton how he'd feel if he had to be drug tested every 24 hours. That type of routine would cause psychological damage to a person. I understand Burton's fear because we see the news and hear about people dying in drug or alcohol related accidents. Just look at Donte Stallworth, he killed a man while driving drunk and high, but Burton still should not suggest a punishment that not even he could handle. I am against driving while impaired and believe that if Mayfield test positive for drugs again, or his old sample is re-tested and the positive test is confirmed, he should be suspended indefinitely and not allowed to race again because the sport is dangerous enough already. That's hard for me to say, but it's the disciplinary action they have to take. I believe in always giving someone another chance and I empathize with Mayfield because like too many people all over the world, he's in financial trouble. NASCAR may be a sport to us the fans, but it's Jeremy Mayfield's job. Though he possibly used methamphetamines, which would erase my empathy, but let's not jump to conclusions and cause Mayfield to lose his job, before he actually loses it.

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