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Shakedown Session: Conspiracy No More

Earlier this year, one of the “Shakedown Session” columns written begged the question of whether Jeremy Mayfield should have just given up his long and played out court drama to “clear his name.” Well, NASCAR fans, Jeremy Mayfield not only made a liar out of himself with Tuesday’s arrest for methamphetamine posession and stolen goods, but he made every single fan that stood by him, whether out of a misguided loyalty or even blind support, out to be complete idiots for believing in his innocence.

For over two years, Jeremy Mayfield has drug out this endless media circus protesting his innocence on various media outlets such as ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” claiming that NASCAR cost him everything and trying to pin Brian France with a conspiracy against him. Now granted, Brian France is no patron saint as he has allegedly had his issues with different substances in the past. However, after today’s arrest, this has to basically end all of the wacky “conspiracy theories” floating about. Make a media sideshow about your innocence and then get busted for drugs? Problem? No, scratch that. HUGE problem!

It was bad enough that Mayfield was busted earlier Tuesday, but what magnified the issue was the fact he allegedly had over $100,000 worth of stolen goods in his posession. This is cause for equal parts outrage if any of our readers supported Mayfield and obvious concern. It just makes one wonder exactly how mentally stable Mr. Mayfield is to apparently even think that stealing welding and truck equipment was a good idea. This is obviously an individual with some very serious issues to deal with and one can only hope and pray that he gets the help and treatment he apparently needs before it’s too late.

The one thing that seems to be crystal clear in all of this is that Mayfield’s credibility, whatever was left of it, is pretty much destroyed. He’s probably facing some jail time for this and the best any NASCAR fan can truly hope for now is for Jeremy to straighten his life out because surely this has to be rock bottom for a once talented Sprint Cup driver. But the biggest victims in all of this have to be the fans who stood by him through thick and thin. One cannot help but feel sorrow and remorse for all those fans duped by what Jeremy claimed was his innocence. Now, after an arrest like this, one can only imagine how Mayfield supporters have to feel about defending a guy that clearly has issues that need to be dealt with.

Some fans are going to feel outraged while others are going to simply feel let down. But perhaps if there is any silver lining to this, it has to be along the lines of if it can happen to a fairly successful, winning Sprint Cup driver like Jeremy Mayfield, meth addiction can happen to anyone and perhaps if, God forbid, any of our readers know of someone struggling with an addiction, this could be their wake-up call. To be perfectly blunt, meth is a powerful drug and anyone hooked on it is going to have two choices. They will either get better or, sadly, they may have to experience tragedy. One can only hope for the sake of Jeremy Mayfield and his family that this saga does not turn any more tragic than it already has. But the really important question now is does Jeremy recognize that he has some serious personal demons that need confronting or is it too late?

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