NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace Speaks Out About Investigation, Rope Found In Garage: “It’s A Straight-Up Noose”
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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace said in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday evening that he had never seen the sling that was said to be hanging in his garage, but his crew had photos.
While the FBI concluded earlier in the day that the alleged noose was just a door handle tied by a previous inmate, Watson said his team had evidence of something else.
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"According to the evidence we have - that I have," said Wallace, "it is a no-nonsense noose."
"Whether someone tied it in 2019 ... It wasn't meant for me," said Wallace, "but it was a noose."
Wallace is one of the most successful African American drivers in NASCAR history. He pointed out that the incident questions its truthfulness.
"I'm mad," he said. "I'm crazy because people try to steal my character."
"It doesn't matter whether we provide evidence or photos," said the NASCAR driver. "It will always be a Photoshop. I will always have haters. "
He went on to describe how he found out about the presence of the rope in his garage.
"Around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday evening," said Wallace, "I was about to go out for dinner with a few competitors, and I got a call from [NASCAR] President Steve Phelps. I immediately think," What did I do? ? What have I done?'"
"The look on his face," he said to Phelps, "I'll never forget."
“Talking to Steve Phelps was probably one of the hardest things he had ever done. Tears roll down his face. "
According to Wallace, Phelps said a "hate crime" occurred and the NASCAR president said he would not stand up for it.
Wallace said to CNN's Don Lemon about the noose: "I never saw it."
After a day of suspected placement of a noose on the Bubba Wallace circuit, the FBI said the rope was in place months before the assignment of NASCAR's only top-class black driver and no federal crime was committed.
Here is NASCAR's statement today:
"The FBI has completed its investigation into the Talladega Superspeedway and found that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms that the looped garage door pull cable was already there last fall. This was obviously long before the 43 team arrived and the garage was deployed. We appreciate the quick and thorough investigation by the FBI and are grateful to learn that this was not a deliberate, racist act against Bubba. We are still determined to offer an inviting and inclusive environment to everyone who enjoys racing. "
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Wallace posted his own statement on Twitter after the news got public on Sunday:
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The FBI statement comes just hours after Wallace told The View that he was offended but "not shocked" by Internet rumors that either no loop was present or that NASCAR had placed it there to assist with to get the removal of the Confederate flag.
"People have the right to have their own opinions so they can feel good or sleep at night," Wallace told The View's Sunny Hostin. "Ordinary people like this, who are afraid of change, use everything in their power to defend what they stand for."
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