Reports that a noose had been found Sunday in the garage of Bubba Wallace, Nascar’s only Black driver, generated outrage, but it apparently was a garage door pull rope and had been in the garage for months before Wallace’s team began to use it, the FBI and Nascar said Tuesday.
Bubba Wallace stands on the grid prior to the Nascar Cup Series Geico 500. A noose found in … [+] Wallace’s garage stall a week after Nascar banned the Confederate flag at its facilities turned out to be a garage door pull rope installed months before.
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The noose was spotted Sunday evening in Wallace’s garage the night before a race at Talladega Superspeedway, one of Nascar’s most well-known tracks.
The discovery quickly sparked outrage and an outpouring of support for Wallace, who had successfully pushed recently for a ban of Confederate flag displays at Nascar tracks.
But the FBI, which had launched an investigation into potential hate crimes, ruled out bringing any charges Tuesday, saying that after conducting interviews and reviewing video, they found that the object had actually been in the garage possibly since at least October 2019, and that “nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”
It was actually a garage door pull rope that was fashioned like a noose, NASCAR said in a statement.