Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver, said he’s relieved by the FBI’s determination that a rope resembling a noose found in his team’s garage stall was not a targeted hate crime and had been hanging at the Alabama track since at least October, but noted that “it’s still a noose.”
In an interview with the TODAY show Wednesday, Wallace also expressed frustration over the backlash to the FBI’s findings, telling NBC’s Craig Melvin some people are now calling him “fake” and wrongfully claiming he was the person who reported the noose.
“It’s still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just going to try and debunk you and that’s what I’m trying to wrap my head around now,” Wallace said.
Wallace said he never personally saw the noose and learned about it after one of his team members discovered the rope and reported it to NASCAR officials.
After seeing a picture of the noose, Wallace said he made a point to check the other garage doors “to make sure that this wasn’t just a [garage] pull.” It was the lone garage stall with a pull down rope that resembled a noose.
“What was seen in our garage is a garage pull, it is, that is a noose,” Wallace told NBC’s Craig Mevlin, adding that he doesn’t know if the pictures will be made public, but if “anybody sees it, it’s alerting and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, for sure.”
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