Clements to see diversity expert after remark

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: March 2, 2013
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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NASCAR is sending suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements to a sports diversity expert after he made insensitive remarks during an interview.

NASCAR officials are hoping to get Clements back on the track soon, but the 28-year-old will have to work with Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida, before he'll be allowed back in his car.

"No secret we did suspend Jeremy. We believe strongly that we made the right move," NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell said Saturday from Phoenix International Raceway. "Our go-forward plan with Jeremy is to quickly engage Dr. Richard Lapchick to work with Jeremy as soon as possible and get Jeremy back in the race car as soon as possible and as soon as we deem fit."

Clements was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for violating the sanctioning body's code of conduct for making what O'Donnell said was an "intolerable and insensitive remark" during the course of an interview before last weekend's Nationwide race at Daytona.

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