The FBI, who were called in to investigate an incident of racial crime after a noose was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, a driver in NASCAR, has reported that the rope in question has been in place since October prior to Wallace’s crew being assigned the stall.
The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office reviewed security footage after the noose was discovered at the Talladega Superspeedway. That footage showed that the noose was placed in the garage eight months prior. The statement added that as a result of Wallace being assigned that particular stall, that “nobody could have known.”
The statement read; “On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.”
The evidence showed that someone had fashions a rope used to pull down the garage door to resemble a noose and has been in place since the previous fall. This was confirmed in a statement from NASCAR, which stated; “This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba.”
The Internal Investigation
NASCAR has stated that it will continue to investigate why the rope in question was made to replicate a noose, which clearly is offensive and intolerable. The league has faced criticism over allowing the Confederate flag to be displayed at races. As a result of the discovery, it has vowed to identify the person responsible for this.
The league furthering its comments relating to the FBI investigation and subsequent result on Sunday stated, “We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”
Bubba Wallace, who led the drive to have the Confederate flag banned stated that the discovering of the noose would not discourage him and would not stop his voicing his beliefs.