Lessons from the Suspension of Todd Parrott

By Brian Berg Jr.


Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Parrott, Aric Almirola’s Crew Chief, was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy. Although the press release doesn’t say specifically, one would assume that he failed a random drug test that was required by NASCAR. Parrott’s suspension is almost as prominent as that of AJ Allmendinger last year. We don’t know what Parrott took and anything said below does not in any way insinuate that he did. Read more about Parrot’s suspension here: http://www.rantsports.com/nascar/2013/10/17/legendary-nascar-crew-chief-todd-parrott-suspended-indefinitely/

I didn’t want to write about yet another high profile NASCAR competitor getting suspended for using drugs, but there is a lesson in Todd Parrott and the others suspensions.

The first and foremost lesson is simple. It can happen to the best of us. Either in a moment of weakness or an act of carelessness we can be tempted to take a drug that is illegal or simply not approved.

We might be at a party or out with friends. What will it hurt? The others are doing it and having a good time. Well, it does hurt. Using illegal drugs hurts someone.

Taking prescription medication that was not prescribed specifically for you is not appropriate. However, people do this all the time. One says to themself, I am hurting, my friend or family member uses this, what will it hurt?

When you are a member of a NASCAR team you are subject to random drug testing. Some of you reading this may also be subject to random drug testing. If you are, don’t even think you can get away with it because you won’t. It is that simple.

The second lesson is not as simple. If you have friends or family that do not support the fact that you are subject to random drug testing and if they don’t grab you and say don’t do it—or  worse—provide drugs for  you, you need to get away from them. Clearly, they do not have respect for you.

The third lesson is, you can be support for your friends and family. Don’t do illegal drugs. Do not encourage people to do illegal drugs. Do not share your prescription medication. Above all else, respect those who do not use drugs and encourage them to maintain that stand.

We will probably never know what Todd Parrott did but this just reminds us of what can happen when we do something that is not appropriate. It can happen to any of us if we are not paying attention or do not have support from our friends and family.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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