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A quick refresher: NASCAR driver Jeremy Clements said something that was deemed racially insensitive in the presence of a NASCAR official and an MTV blogger following the Daytona 500, which was dumb, though we don't know how dumb because NASCAR, which suspended Clements indefinitely, won't tell us what he said, which is dumb, too. Clements then spoke to ESPN and admitted to saying something offensive in the vaguest way possible, which was dumb. Then the MTV blogger, Marty Beckerman, told our pals at Jalopnik that he would be commenting on the story, and after almost 24 hours he did, sorta:

"I was there to do a fish-out-of-water story about going to NASCAR and having a wild, crazy weekend. And, we were doing interviews with many of the drivers, and I was on the way to another interview — we were looking for [driver] Johanna Long's trailer — and the NASCAR publicist called Mr. Clements over and asked him for help finding her," Beckerman said. "He walked us toward where she was, and on the way over, I explained to him that Guy Code is rules for guys, how you treat your friends, how you treat your ladies, things like that. I was there to do a humor piece, so I asked him what would be Guy Code for race car drivers, and he blurted out [a phrase that used the n-word]."


That's dumb. So, yeah. At this point, it's unlikely that we'll ever find out what Clements said. You know how you know a scandal is dumb? When the dumbest part of it isn't even the fact that the whole thing was started by a question about Guy Code.

[Jalopnik | MTV]


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