'Noose' found in Bubba Wallace's garage turns out to be door's pull-cord
The FBI has claimed that the noose found in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has been there since October and no charges will be filed.
Wallace, who is the only full-time African-American driver in NASCAR, was believed to have been the target of a racial attack after a crew member found a noose in the team’s garage at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
In an act of solidarity, NASCAR drivers showed their support for Wallace by escorting his number 43 Chevrolet Camarot to the front of the pit road at the Alabama speedway on Monday.
But following an investigation, the FBI claims that the noose has been left in the garage for several months before it was assigned to Wallace’s team last week.
The FBI also claim that the object found is a ‘garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose’.
The FBI said in a statement: ‘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.’
However, Wallace says he is ‘pissed’ that some people are now questioning his character following the FBI’s investigation.
The 26-year-old also refutes the FBI’s claim that that the object found was a garage pull.
‘I’m pissed. I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity,’ Wallace told CNN.
‘They’re not stealing that from me, but trying to test that.
‘And as a person that doesn’t need the fame, doesn’t need the hype, doesn’t need the media, I could care less. I could give two craps about that.
‘But, to sit there and read – that’s my problem I’m reading too much into [what’s being posted on social media] and investing too much time into it.
‘The image that I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull. I’ve been racing all my life. We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that.
‘People that want to call it a garage pull will put out videos and photos of knots as their evidence.
‘From the evidence that we have and I have, it’s a straight-up noose. The FBI has stated that it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated it was a noose.
‘I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage, over my car, around my pit crew guys, to confirm that it was a noose.
‘It was a noose that was whether tied in 2019 or whenever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but somebody tied a noose.’
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