By admin | November 14, 2009
By Richard Allen
A judge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina is about to decide if the civil complaint proceedings between Brian France and his ex-wife are to be made public or not. According to a published report in The Charlotte Observer, France has so far been granted an unusual amount of privacy from a court that normally allows documents to be made public.
France’s attorney’s say their client “paid a fair amount of money to make sure that didn’t happen,” in regard to making those documents public. “Publicizing the information…would cause huge adverse effects for Mr. France.”
The words ‘huge adverse effects’ are particularly interesting. And, France’s attorney argues that open knowledge of the proceedings could cause “irreparable” damage.
It seems as though the NASCAR Chairman does not want the details of his private life to be made public.
Strangely though, when Jeremy Mayfield fought back against NASCAR after the sanctioning body announced he had failed a drug test, they did not mind dragging Mayfield’s estranged step-mother into the proceedings, who in turn revealed all sorts of intimate personal details about the driver’s life. And as it turns out, NASCAR’s key witness turned out to be highly questionable after a later incident at Mayfield’s home which resulted in additional legal action.
Personally, I would not have cared about the legal proceedings involving Mr. France. Such things do not really pertain to racing or the day to day running of NASCAR. However, when his organization went so far in regard to Mayfield he opened himself up to this sort of exposure.
And more, NASCAR proved they were not adverse to ruining the lives of those they see as insignificant to their cause when they hammered owner/driver Carl Long with one of the most severe penalties in the sport’s history for what almost everyone within racing agreed was a minute, and accidental, violation during an all star race.
Interestingly, “irreparable” damage has already been done to Carl Long. And even if the pending court case between NASCAR and Mayfield were to go Mayfield’s way “huge adverse effects” have already occured.
I do not really care about the personal life of Brian France as long his job performance is not interrupted. I do not even really care if these proceedings are made public or not.
What I do care about is the running of NASCAR and my belief that Mr. France has done a poor job to date in that endeavor. And more, I care that he wants to have one set of standards applied to him while he and his organization apply an entirely different set of standards to those whose livelihoods they hold in the balance.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
Below is a link to the mentioned story from The Charlotte Observer:
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