— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020
Appearing on “The View” NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace said he’s offended by Noose “Conspiracy Theories.”
Bubba Wallace “It offends me that people would go to those measures, but again, i’m not shocked. People are entitled to their own opinion to make them feel good. Whatever. Help them sleep at night.”
.@BubbaWallace on those who believe the noose incident was staged: “It’s simple-minded people like that, the ones that are afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for… instead of trying to listen and understand what’s going on.” pic.twitter.com/FikMntalwO
— The View (@TheView) June 23, 2020
After the incident, Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza tweeted “I’ll wait to learn more but one of my first questions is whether #JussieSmollett has been recently spotted in the area ”
Some internet sleuths have also noticed that some of the garage pulls used at some point at Talladega looks similar to a “noose.”
YouTuber Mark Dice asked “Is this the “noose” found in @BubbaWallace’s garage?” and posted a video that espouses the unproven theory that the “noose” could have actually been the garage pull.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 23, 2020
Per Fox News, denying the unfounded allegation that has been spreading on social media that NASCAR had staged the incident for publicity, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said it “personally offends me,” and that “I don’t even know where to go with that.”
The garage area was in an area only accessible to essential personnel and Phelps said security was significant, but that he couldn’t speculate about the possibility that it had been breached.
He also confirmed that security has been stepped up in the wake of the incident and that Wallace’s Richard Petty Motorsports team have been able to inspect his car for any possible sabotage.
Team owner Richard Petty issued a statement on Monday stating that he was “enraged” by the “filthy act.”
In a new Op-Ed for Outkick, Sports Writer Jason Whitlock blasts NASCAR for their handling of the Bubba Wallace “noose” story and calls for “complete transparency.”
Here’s some free advice for NASCAR:
Find the person who placed a noose inside driver Bubba Wallace’s garage. Release the name of the person. Permanently ban the person. Make public all the evidence that shows the guilt of the offending party.
Handle this controversy with complete transparency.
Anything short of that and the alleged racial incident that catapulted NASCAR, the Geico Talladega 500 and Bubba Wallace to the top of the national news cycle will turn into yet another polarizing and divisive issue separating sports fans.
It could also turn into something worse. Monday morning all across social media the incident was being analogized to actor Jussie Smollett’s fake hate crime in Chicago. I don’t buy that. I don’t believe Bubba Wallace would participate in staging a hate crime. He didn’t find the noose, a member of his race team did.
As of this moment, I’m not sure what to make of the noose NASCAR says was left in Bubba’s garage. I’d like to see it. I’d like to know the name of the person who found it and where it was placed. I’d like to know why NASCAR announced its finding of the noose only a few hours after being informed of its discovery.
The sequence of events seems a bit odd for most major corporations. Given the level of security and cameras at a NASCAR race, the need for proper credentials to reach the garage area and the extra-tight restriction in place because of the Covid pandemic, more than likely the person who planted the noose works within NASCAR.
If I were in charge of NASCAR, my initial instincts would be to identify and question the perpetrator and then inform the media of what happened. As the head of a major corporation, my instincts would be to protect the corporation, protect Bubba Wallace, protect the investigation of the incident and then inform the public.