NASCAR: FBI Investigation Finds No Hate Crime at Talladega

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The FBI has determined that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a federal crime and that a noose had been on a garage door at Talladega Superspeedway since as early as October, NASCAR said Tuesday.

NASCAR’s Statement

“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,” NASCAR said in its statement. “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.”

Here is the FBI’s statement on their investigation. 

Wallace Criticized Unfairly

News broke on Sunday before the race at Talladega Superspeedway that a noose had been discovered in the #4 garage that was assigned to Bubba Wallace. Wallace did not actually find the noose. The member of his team who did find it notified his crew chief who notified NASCAR. Wallace was made aware of the situation at the same time NASCAR was.

There were some who suggested that Wallace was trying to draw more attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. Comparisons to Justin Smollett even surfaced. 

That was mis-direction. Wallace has been a consummate professional during some challenging times for the nation, his sport and himself.

The Good From The Bad

By standing behind Bubba Wallace, NASCAR and its drivers displayed a powerful gesture of unity.

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