By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The FBI concluded on Tuesday that their investigation into an alleged hate crime at Talladega Superspeedway was nonexistent. They concluded that it was a drawstring rope that had been in place for some time.
Yet, hours after NASCAR and the FBI released their statements, Bubba Wallace went on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. On the show, he insisted that he saw a noose.
This contradicts statements from NASCAR. They claimed that he never saw it, but now, he claims he did.
Initially, it was reported that his crew member saw it, then reported it to NASCAR. President Steve Phelps also claimed that it was a noose immediately after seeing it on Sunday.
“The image that I have and I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull,” Wallace said. “It was a noose. Whether tied in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose.”
The FBI said that the drawstring, which caused the uproar, had been in place since last Fall. NASCAR was at Talladega last October when Ryan Blaney won the Cup Series race.
“The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐁𝐈 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞 ‘𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐧𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞’ 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.
“We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”
Wallace says he will not accept that it was a hoax. Or nothing at all. In his mind, he admitted, it was so much more.
“I know. I’m with you on that,” Wallace said on CNN. “I appreciate the words. You talked about it earlier, the people who don’t want to hear the truth and — people that want to know me and get to know me the new fans in the sport I appreciate it. One thing you’ll never take away from me is how 100% I am. How raw and real I am. I’ll shoot it straight each and every time. That’s what I stand by. In my statement Sunday night this will not break me. None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down.
“That only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up and get on the track next week and showcase what I can do behind the wheel under tremendous amounts of BS. Whatever it is you want to say, it won’t break me or tear me down. I will stand proud of where I’m at.”