Meet NASCAR’s version of Percy Harvin.
It was announced the other day that former NASCAR driver and current(for now) ESPN NASCAR analyst, 48-year old Randy LaJoie, tested positive for marijuana after he took a drug test following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
ESPN has since suspended LaJoie, but when you hear the circumstances under which he failed the drug test, you’ll wonder what the heck this guy was thinking.
LaJoie wanted to spot for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brad Coleman at Nashville the week after the 600. To do that, he needed a spotters’ license, which involved taking a drug test. That’s a mandatory drug test. It’s something everybody has to take before he or she can be a spotter.
Days before the test, Harvin…I mean, LaJoie, was driving people around on his golf cart following the 600. LaJoie claims he dropped one group off and there was a “pretty good party going on”, and he did something he shouldn’t have done.
Need I remind you that LaJoie is 48, unlike Harvin who was 22 when he failed his mandatory test.
LaJoie called this a “one-time, isolated situation”. But really? This guy is 48-years old, so he should know better. Plus, he wants to be a spotter, so he knows he has to take this test.
That, or while he was high, he decided it would be “hip” to spot for an up-and-coming Nationwide driver.
Either way, at 48 years of age, wouldn’t somebody know better than to get caught up in a “pretty good party”? Especially somebody like LaJoie, who knows he has to stay clean in order to make a good living as an analyst/spotter.
Not to make excuses for Harvin, but at 22, you’re still young and dumb. At 48, actions like this are just sad and inexcusable.
Randy LaJoie, what were you thinking?