With NASCAR calling the “noose” a “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose” a defiant Bubba Wallace went on CNN with Don Lemon and called the object “a straight-up noose” after the FBI determined no hate crime was involved.
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NYPost reports Nascar driver Bubba Wallace on Tuesday night defended his and the sport’s reaction to the “noose” found in his garage in light of FBI findings that the rope was actually a garage door pull.
The FBI issued a statement earlier Tuesday that the pull rope was simply fashioned like a noose and that video evidence showed it had been hanging in the garage from at least October 2019 when a previous occupier used the space.
“From the evidence that we have — that I have, it’s a straight-up noose,” said Wallace, one of the most popular African-American drivers in the sport, during an appearance with Don Lemon on CNN.
It’s not uncommon for garages at NASCAR tracks to have rope pulls, though they’re not usually tied in such a fashion, Wallace added.
“The image that I have, and I have seen, of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull…we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that,” Wallace said, noting that the FBI in its statement referred to the rope as a “noose.”
“Whether someone tied it in 2019…It wasn’t directed at me,” Wallace went on, “but it was a noose.”