— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace alleged over the weekend that he was the victim of a hate crime when he found a noose hanging in his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Wallace is African-American.
After an investigation, the FBI found that Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime and that the noose had been hanging in that particular garage stall for at least 8 months.
“The FBI learned that garage 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the FBI said in a statement.
NASCAR also wrote in a statement that the FBI had confirmed through photographic evidence that the garage door pull rope had been in place in that stall since last fall.
The Last Refuge posts comparison shots on Twitter:
Everyone needs to stop being silly.
Pic #1 from Monday when FBI were in garage.
Pic #2 shows same garage door pull in 2019 (looks like a noose but it’s obviously not).
Pic #3 shows the side by side.
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) June 23, 2020
Wallace wrote on Twitter this morning that he is trying to remain strong despite the incident. “Integrity..something nobody will ever be able to take away from me. God will always test us to show how strong we truly are. Still standing proud and still smiling,” he wrote.
Update June 24, 2020 at 8:20pm
After holding fast to his story Wallace took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge the mistake and ask NASCAR fans to focus on the show of unity that was displayed by on Sunday when all drivers escorted Wallace and his car to the front of the starting lineup. “I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been,” Wallace wrote in part.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020