Report: Clements comment 'racial'
The nature of the comment Jeremy Clements made to draw an indefinite suspension from NASCAR officials has been the source of debate throughout the sport.
On Thursday, Clements admitted to a reporter that it was racial in nature, but not in relation to anyone.
"When you say 'racial' remark, it wasn't used to describe anybody or anything," Clements told ESPN.com. “So that's all I'm going to say to that. And it really wasn't. I was describing racing, and the word I used was incorrect and I shouldn't have said it. It shouldn't be used at all."
Reports on Jalopnik and Deadspin say the reporter involved was MTV’s Marty Beckerman, but that the comment was not made during an interview and was not recorded.
Apparently, according to the various reports, Clements, a NASCAR representative and Beckerman were the only three party to the comment. Jalopnik is reporting that Beckerman has confirmed he is the reporter involved and that he will be writing on the incident.
Clements, who competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, reportedly made the remark on Saturday morning prior to the Nationwide Series race. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that he had been indefinitely suspended for what NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell deemed an ''intolerable and insensitive remark.”
Clements later apologized for the incident on his Facebook page without noting what was said.
'I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team,'' he posted on his page. ''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.”