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Jeremy Clements hopes suspension, slur won't hurt career

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11:39 AM ET 03.16 | Jeremy Clements hopes his suspension from NASCAR for using a racial slur in an interview will not adversely affect his career, but he said it's too soon to tell. Clements, a regular in the Nationwide Series, returned to competition Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. His suspension was lifted earlier this week after he successfully completed a class with Dr. Richard Lapchick, the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. "I made a remark that has no place in our society, kidding or not. I want to apologize to NASCAR, the reporter, my team, my family, my sponsors and of course all the fans out there," Clements said. "I didn't mean to offend anybody at all. I'm sorry I let you all down. It doesn't represent who I am or how I was raised." Clements said he paid the $2,500 for the class himself and had one sponsor pull out of his team after he was suspended.

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March 16, 2013  12:19 PM ET

Might have helped it.. never heard of this guy before all this

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March 16, 2013  01:44 PM ET

Been around since 1984 training white guys how to get along with their black team mates, starting in elementary school.

March 16, 2013  02:32 PM ET

Wait a minute.. Why do 'white guys' have to be 'trained'??.. shouldn't it be 'all races' learning how to get along with one another??

March 16, 2013  02:35 PM ET
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The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports???????????????? You gotta be kidding me.

Expensive class.. $2,500.. guess it was held on the campus of Stu - Pid - U.

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March 16, 2013  03:50 PM ET
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Because white guys are the cause of all the worlds problems, dontcha know?

And here I thought it was immigrants

March 16, 2013  04:44 PM ET
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Might have helped it.. never heard of this guy before all this

You're probably right about that. If he don't repeat it, this will help him.

March 16, 2013  04:46 PM ET

If I had a last name like Dr "Lapchick" I'd be changin it real quick. Got a daughter and would not want her to be known as "Suzy Lapchick" LOL
*Suzy is not her real name. Just makin a point LOL

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March 17, 2013  11:57 AM ET

Words are words and they can not hurt you.Remember sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.But we still have people that throw a fit about words and they need to get over it and growup.

 
March 19, 2013  03:26 PM ET
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Might have helped it.. never heard of this guy before all this

Agree.

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