On Monday morning after the 4th of July weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts on a variety of different subjects. The President even took aim at NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime.
Back in June, Wallace claimed that he found a noose in his garage stall and immediately concluded that he was a victim of a hate crim. After the FBI conducted an investigation, it was found that the “noose” was just a garage door pull that had been there since 2019.
President Trump finally commented on the incident on Monday: “Has [Bubba Wallace] apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers [and] officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, [and] were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump asked. “That [and] Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!” he continued.
After the FBI finished their investigation, NASCAR released a statement, noting that “the garage pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall”:
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. We appreciate the FBl’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.
“I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been,” Wallace said in response to the findings.
“Make no mistake,” he continued, “though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we’ve made as a sport to become a more welcoming environment for all.”
This new statement from Wallace is much different than his original reaction when he found out that the FBI found no evidence of a hate crime.
“None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down,” Wallace said. “Will it piss me off? Absolutely. But that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up, to get back out on the race track next weekend in Pocono, and showcase what I can do behind the wheel. Tremendous amounts of BS (bulls***), whatever it is that you want to say, you won’t break me, you won’t tear me down. Again, I will still stand proud of where I’m at.”
“I have been racing all my life. We have raced out of hundreds of garages. They never had garage pulls like that,” the driver added. “People that call it a garage pull and put out videos and photos of knots being in as their evidence, go ahead. But from the evidence that we have, that I have. It’s a straight up noose.”
“The FBI has stated that it was a noose, over and over again,” continued Wallace. “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, to confirm that it was a noose.”
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!