In one of the stranger stories coming out of NASCAR (and that’s saying a lot these days) a former driver, accused of failing a drug test for meth, had to apologize to his stepmother this week in order to avoid a nasty slander lawsuit. What happened? Driver Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR back in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. Shortly thereafter his stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, piled on by claiming that she saw Jeremy us the drug at least 30 times and that he once even raced after using it. Not a cool thing to do when your boy is down, but she may have felt she was helping him, or something.
As you can guess, all of that did not sit well with Jeremy, who calmly fired back with:
“She was part of conspiring or she killed my dad, so this is a lady is who is desperate for anything. She’s mad at me, she hates me. I wanted my dad to be here today and not shot in the heart with a .357 pistol.”
Ouch. Things were probably pretty cool at Thanksgiving at the Mayfield house that year.
As you can imagine, Jermey’s statement did not go over well as police reports claim that Mayfield’s father actually committed suicide back in September 2007. They actually investigated the case twice and came back with the same result both times. So, of course, Lisa Mayfield went to court and the slander suit was supposed to start this week, but was settled before it went to trial. As part of the settlement, Jeremy had to make a public apology, which sounded a little bid different than his earlier last statement about his evil stepmother:
“I have previously made statements to the press in which I accused Lisa Mayfield of either murdering my father, Terry Mayfield, or being involved in a conspiracy to murder him. Those statements were made in the heat of my emotional state at the time. I now retract those statements and apologize to Lisa for having made them.”
Mayfield apologizes for hinting his stepmother killed his dad (Yahoo Sports)