The FBI investigation into claims that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was the target of a hate crime after a “noose” was found hanging in his Talladega Superspeedway garage determined that no crime was committed.
“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, before Wallace and his crew were assigned to the garage,” a NASCAR statement said.
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The FBI’s determination was used by many conservatives as evidence that the media will do little to question claims of racism during this stage in the development of “woke” culture.
“What’s really sad is that NASCAR drivers and fans were unfairly smeared in the Mainstream Media,” Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show,” tweeted. “They are the true victims in all of this.”
Starnes said that the sport’s pit crews and drivers showed the “true heart” of NASCAR in the way they quickly rallied to Wallace’s defense.
But others on social media were not as quick to see the positives in the development in the investigation, and compared the entire episode to the Jussie Smollett case. Smollett is accused of filing a false police report claiming that he was attacked in January 2019 because he was a black, gay man.
“Just like the Jussie Smollett story, the Bubba Wallace noose story was another media hoax,” Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted. “When will we learn that we can’t trust the mainstream media in times like these?”
Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator, tweeted, “Why won’t Predictit offer a betting markets on whether nooses found near African-Americans will or won’t turn out to be genuine hate crimes?”
Reports of a noose found in the garage of the sport’s only full-time black driver became national news due to the fact that the sport just banned Confederate flags from its races.
Wallace took to Twitter to call the situation a “despicable act of racism and hatred” that, to him, served “as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism.”
He told CNN’s Don Lemon that it “straight up a noose.”
“It was a noose,” Wallace said. “Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”
Fellow NASCAR drivers rallied around Wallace and posed for a touching picture on the race track.
Wallace even appeared on “The View” to talk about the noose, and blamed “simple-minded people” for the incident.
Mark Dice, a media analyst, tweeted, “He’s a star in the sport now all because of fake news. How does he sleep at night knowing the #NooseHoax jump-started his stalling career?”