Bubba Wallace Reacts After Noose Is Found In His Garage: “This Will Not Break Me”; NASCAR Investigating
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NASCAR has launched an investigation into the Bubba Wallace garage stand less than two weeks after the only full-time black driver in NASCAR's Elite Cup series filed the indictment that led the stock car racing series to fly the flag the Confederate banned a noose had found its mark and facilities.
"In the late afternoon, NASCAR was warned that a loop was found in the 43 team's garage," NASCAR said in a statement to ESPN. “We are angry and outraged and cannot say enough how seriously we take this hideous act. We have initiated an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the responsible persons and to exclude them from the sport. "
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According to the sports network, Wallace has never seen the noose. It was first seen by a member of his team who alerted NASCAR. The incident happened in Talladega, where a race was scheduled to take place on Sunday. It was postponed to Monday due to bad weather.
"Today's despicable act of racism and hate makes me incredibly sad and painfully reminds me of how far we have to go as a society and how persistent we have to be in the fight against racism," Wallace wrote on Twitter.
He spoke about the spouting of support after his public statement that the Confederate flags should "have no place" in sport led to their ban.
"For the past few weeks, I've been overwhelmed with the support of people from across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and tea members in the garage," he wrote. “Together, our sport has committed itself to seizing real opportunities and working for a community that accepts and welcomes everyone. Nothing is more important and we will not be put off by the reprehensible actions of those who want to spread hatred. "
Despite today's incident, Wallace vows to stay on course.
"As my mother said to me today," They're just trying to scare you, "he wrote." It won't break me, I won't give in, and I won't back away. I will continue to stand proud for what I believe in. "
The act was largely condemned on Twitter. NBA star LeBron James called it "sick!" "Know you're not alone! I'm right here with you and every other athlete," James wrote
During the weekend in Talladega, cars and vans with Confederate flags drove over the super speedway while a small plane flew over us and pulled a banner with the flag and the words "Defund NASCAR".
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