NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace appeared on CNN with Don Lemon after the FBI and NASCAR confirmed that no hate crime took place with the “noose” that turned out to be the garage pull rope.
“I’m pissed. I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity.”
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on social media reaction to the conclusion of the FBI investigation into the noose found in his team’s garage.
"I'm pissed. I'm mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity." – NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on social media reaction to the conclusion of the FBI investigation into the noose found in his team's garage https://t.co/YH4ynYqv64 pic.twitter.com/fB0m9Yj9FD
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 24, 2020
Per AL.com “The image that I have and I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull,” Wallace said. “I’ve been racing all of my life,” he said. “We’ve raced out hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that, so people who want to call it a garage pull and put out all the video of knots as their evidence, go ahead. From the evidence that we have, that I have, it’s a straight-up noose.
“The FBI stated it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated it was 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. Never seen anything like it.”
With that said, Wallace doesn’t believe it was directed at him.
“It was a noose,” he said. “It was a noose, whether tied in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but someone tied a noose that is what I am saying.”
Wallace was adamant the backlash will always be there.
“It doesn’t matter if we provide 100 percent facts and evidence, photo evidence, people are going to photoshop to make me look like the bad person in the end of the day. I will always have haters. I will always have the motivators to go out there and try to dethrone me from the pedestal I’m on.”
Wallace, who at times during the interview was frustrated, credited NASCAR and president Steve Phelps for the way the incident has been handled, saying the way Phelps acted is a “testament to his character.” Wallace backs Phelps and NASCAR.