WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Authorities confirmed that there was no crime committed following the discovery of a noose in Wallace’s garage stall.
- Investigation suggests that the noose was already at the stall since October of last year.
- Wallace has always been vocal against racism following the killing of George Floyd on May 25 while under arrest at Minneapolis.
On Tuesday, the FBI and the Northern District of Alabama Attorney’s office said that no federal lawsuits would be filed after a noose was discovered in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega last Sunday.
FBI’s Johnny Sharp and U.S. Attorney Jay Town said in a joint statement that the noose was at the garage booth since 2019’s fall. Earlier this week, Wallace was given that garage stall at Talladega, was allocations are usually based on standings after the last race event.
A team member of Wallace’s discovered the noose on Sunday. Wallace did not saw the noose and was only made aware of it upon notice from NASCAR President Steve Phelps on the afternoon of the same day.
On Monday, at least fifteen FBI agents probed the issue at Talladega Superspeedway. After a detailed assessment of the proofs and data about the incident, the authorities concluded that no crime was done.
The investigation also found a proof such as an authenticated video from NASCAR, indicating the noose found in Wallace’s garage was already there as early as October of 2019. While the noose was already there last year, no one knew that Wallace would be assigned that garage last week.
After review of the evidence at hand, the authorities decided not to pursue federal lawsuits.
As of date, Wallace is the only Black-American driver competing permanently in NASCAR. He always voiced out his opposition against social and cultural inequity following the death of George Floyd on May 25 at Minneapolis. On June 10, he was seen sporting a Black Lives Matter car, the same day when NASCAR barred the Confederate flag from its tracks and facilities.
On Monday, the first Cup Series event in Alabama, following the ban, was delayed because of rain. Racers walked Wallace’s car through the pit road before the race, and almost all team members from different groups stood behind him for a photo opportunity as a sign of support.
The Wood Brothers Racing team wrote in a statement that they had the garage stall during the fall. According to the group, a staffer remembered seeing a rope tied into a noose around October last year.
NASCAR said it was pleased that there was no deliberate act against Wallace. NASCAR President Steve Phelps did not entertain questions from reporters and said the organization would disclose the result of the investigation.