NASCAR fans booed Bubba “Jussie” Wallace as he was introduced at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. It was his first appearance on a racing track after the fake Noose Incident in his garage stall.
Last month, Wallace’s official staff reported that they had found a noose in his garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Taking a look at the events of the last month, we strive to reveal what had actually happened.
What Wallace’s staff had actually found was a garage door pull. But for several days, Wallace tried to exploit this incident by linking it to being a victim of racism. His only intention was to support the Black Lives Matters movement, as he had done by getting the Confederate Flags banned from races.
Wallace’s version of the incident has inspired other racers to join him in the virtue signaling parade to show support to his stand against the rampant racism.
After the report, the FBI took matters into their own hands and ran an investigation. They concluded that no crime had been committed, as the garage pull had already been there before anyone had any idea that Wallace would use that particular garage stall.
The FBI issued a statement saying that it was a pull rope which had been placed there in October, long before the stall was assigned to Wallace. The garage pull had only been fashioned in the shape of a noose, it was not a functioning one.
“The photo evidence I’ve seen and have in my possession [shows] it was a garage pull that was a noose. I don’t know when we’ll get to the point that we’ll release that image … It’s alerting and it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up,” Wallace said.
“It was definitely in the shape of a noose. It just wasn’t a functioning noose,” Wallace added.
“This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment,” NASCAR had stated, referring to Wallace’s car number. “We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional racist act against Bubba.”
NASCAR president Steve Phelps was the first person to defend Wallace and his team.
“I want to be clear about the 43 team,” Phelps said. “The 43 team had nothing to do with this. The evidence is very clear that the noose that was in that garage had been in the garage previously.”
After the jeering, Wallace did not qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, although he took responsibility for his failure.
“You get backlash every day,” Wallace said on CNN within a few hours of the FBI and NASCAR announcing the findings of their investigation. “I’m used to it. It stings a little bit worse when they’re trying to test your character … and try to take something away from me that’s false.
“But the backlash will always be there. It doesn’t matter if we provide 100% facts and evidence, photo evidence. People are going to Photoshop it to make me look like the bad person. At the end of the day, I will always have haters. I will always have the motivators to go out there and to try to dethrone me from the pedestal that I am on.”
NASCAR declared, “The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. 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. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.”
Following NASCAR’s declaration, the FBI stated: “On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed. The FBI learned that garage number 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. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”