By admin | August 19, 2009
By Richard Allen
Iâ€™m no lawyer, but Iâ€™m thinking that having one of your key witnesses in a court proceeding get arrested for trespassing on the property of the other litigant canâ€™t be a good thing.
Well, thatâ€™s exactly what happened in the case of NASCAR vs. Jeremy Mayfield.
Mayfieldâ€™s failed drug tests and the subsequent wrangling by both he and NASCAR has been well documented. And even more, the dirty laundry of the Mayfield family has been aired out in front of a national audience.
Mayfieldâ€™s step-mother, Lisa Mayfield, took NASCARâ€™s side in the drug testing drama when she came out and declared that she had seen Mayfield use methamphetamines on multiple occasions.
Mayfield countered those claims by issuing some charges of his own. He says that his fatherâ€™s death, which has been ruled a suicide, was in fact inflicted by Lisa Mayfield and he is prepared to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against her to make his case.
The Mayfield family drama took another wild turn just nights ago when Lisa Mayfield was arrested for allegedly trespassing on the property of Jeremy and Shana Mayfield. To make matters worse for the step-mother, she reportedly also hurled serious threats toward her step-son and his wife.
Since, Shana Mayfield has taken out a restraining order against Lisa Mayfield saying that her husbandâ€™s step-mother issued death threats during the alleged trespassing incident.
As far as NASCAR is concerned, the real issue now relates to the credibility of one of their key witnesses in a court case due to be heard next year. There is no way the events of the past few days could have helped the sanctioning bodyâ€™s case.
Believing someone who has acted as recklessly as Lisa Mayfield has been accused of would be difficult for a jury or judge to say the least. That is, of course, if the events of the past few days are allowed in the NASCAR vs. Mayfield case.
Each side has had its share of embarrassing or seemly episodes throughout this drama. This time it was NASCARâ€™s turn, and this was a particularly embarrassing and damaging episode.
I do not know who is right and who is wrong in this case. Each side has presented evidence that would cause me to believe their side. And conversely, each side has had things happen that would cause me to disbelieve their side.
As I said above, I am no attorney. But, it would seem to me that NASCAR had better have more going for it than the testimony of Lisa Mayfield.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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