Jeremy Mayfield has turned into a remarkable sideshow these days. Far from the NASCAR driver and businessman roles he has played in years past, Mayfield has been embroiled in a bizarre, downright disturbing controversy over one of the worst, most destructive drugs on the planet: methamphetamines.
Mayfield has consistently denied usage, but his latest positive test for meth - after a curious-to-say-the-least seven-hour delay in procuring the sample - is rather damning, and certainly more telling than anything that comes out of his mouth. And now, it appears his family is adding their reports to the story, and it doesn’t look good for Mayfield.
As the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports, Mayfield’s stepmother was reached for comment, and she doesn’t think this is a matter of a false positive, to say the least:
Lisa Mayfield said she first saw the driver use meth in 1998 at a race shop in Mooresville, N.C. She said Mayfield cooked his own drugs until the ingredient pseudoephedrine was taken off the shelves and it became too difficult for Mayfield to obtain the ingredients. She said her stepson then began to purchase meth from others.
“Between 1998 and 2005, I am personally aware that Jeremy used methamphetamines often,” she said in her affidavit. “I was concerned about his heavy use and talked to his father about it. I saw Jeremy use methamphetamine by snorting it up his nose at least 30 times during the 7 years I was around him. Jeremy used methamphetamine not only in my presence, but also when we were both in the presence of others.”
A sworn witness to manufacture, usage, and purchase? Ouch. God help him if she had accused him of dealing while he was at it. None of that was reported, though, and she doesn’t seem like the type who would know about that but hide it for Mayfield’s sake.
As FROM THE MARBLES reports, though, Mayfield has choice words for and about the woman, calling her integrity into question:
Mayfield responded in an interview with AP/Yahoo! Sports writer Jenna Fryer by saying that NASCAR “picked the wrong woman to use against me because that (expletive) is trash and has got nothing on me but lies … “She don’t deserve the Mayfield name … She’s hated me since my dad got killed because I won’t give her any money. She goes on the Internet and blogs lies about me and Shana (his wife) and everything you can imagine. She’s broke, and I guess she got NASCAR to give her some money.”
Plausible, we suppose, and really - does Mayfield look like someone who’s been using meth for over a decade? He shouldn’t have any teeth left, right? Perhaps that’s his best defense, mere plausible deniability: if meth is supposed to ruin lives, how has Mayfield been even moderately successful? Hell, how has he even stayed alive out there?
But it doesn’t explain two straight positive tests for that same drug, though. And while we’re sure Mayfield thinks it’s in his best interests to say something like this:
“I don’t trust anything NASCAR does, anything (program administrator) Dr. David Black does, never have, never will,” Mayfield told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
It comes across as paranoid and combative, not helpful. That’s denial if we’ve ever heard it.
This’ll probably have to come down to a federal judge naming a third party for immediate testing, rather than a NASCAR-approved (or, God forbid, Mayfield-approved) agency. Either that, or a judge is going to say, “You know what? You’re transparently full of crap, I’m reinstating the ban, and go get in treatment instead of trashing other people’s integrity, you ass.” Either of the two would be fine.