NASCAR driver Jeremy Clements is on the hot seat right now. And, as a result of it, he won't be sitting in his driver's seat anytime soon.
According to a source who spoke with ESPN.com late yesterday, the Nationwide Series driver was just suspended indefinitely for allegedly using a racial slur during an interview that he did with a writer at the Daytona International Speedway last weekend. Although the source did not specifiy exactly what Clements said, NASCAR released a statement indicating that Clements made an "intolerable and insensitive remark" while speaking with a member of the media on February 23. Clements issued an apology shortly after the news about the racial slur broke, but he denies that he meant any harm in saying whatever he said.
"I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team," he said in a statement. "NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code. I will not get into specifics of what I said, but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment."
Hmmm…What'd he say, though? Without knowing that, it's kind of hard for us—or anyone, for that matter—to forgive him. But, regardless, this is obviously not a good look for NASCAR.