And just like that, we find out that there was NO hate crime, NO noose and we are left with Bubba Wallace and NASCAR being the butt of every joke and losing fans by the thousands.
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp stated:
“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 FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.
“The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.”
This all coming the first weekend after Bubba Wallace pushed for and NASCAR began banning the Confederate Flag at ALL NASCAR events and on ALL NASCAR properties.
Fans were NOT happy about this, but with Wallace’s strong stance on this, NASCAR was extremely happy about this. Fans showed their disapproval of this decision with this “Defund NASCAR” banner and Confederate Flag flying over the track. Later that afternoon, the “noose” reports came out.
My first question has to be, those tears that Wallace was shedding, were they real tears or were they tears of knowing that when this all blew up, he would become one of the most disliked drivers in NASCAR? Even Kyle Busch is looking really good these days.
Was it that important to Wallace to have the Confederate Flag gone completely from the sport? Did someone think that a “hate crime” would make everyone say all of a sudden, you know what, you are right…that flag represents only racism and this proves there is racism behind this flag. There was resistance, but eventually like everything else, over time it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.
As much as I don’t like this flag, I also know to some it is about heritage, tradition and a “Southern” thing, NOT ALWAYS A RACISM THING.
Was it just as important to him to bring BLM into the sport? Was this the opportunity that Wallace needed to push an agenda? A group that can be described the exact same way that those that support the Confederate Flag are described as.
No secret that RPM has had it’s struggles financially. Look at all the coverage, interviews and focus on this 43 team since this happened. Did RPM even think to look into this? or did “The King” just see dollar signs?
And NASCAR, what were you thinking? Nobody honestly believed this was real. We are under COVID-19 lock down, you have NO fans there, hardly any media and a skeleton crew, so we knew it was an inside job, not a hate crime. Spin this how you want to, but these photos are clear to the world, and you have to be some kind of stupid to think this was a “noose” or a “hate crime”…
I really hate this. I hate that a sport I grew up watching and was my #1 love, allowed itself to get sucked in, made a spectacle of, isolated its fans and didn’t even do their own research or even their own investigation before going full blown overboard. They can spot a loose or missing lug nut a mile away, but did no investigating into these false claims.
I also hate that it was Bubba Wallace. Most don’t know, Wallace was my very first cup driver I got to interview. Got to do a phone interview while in the parking lot of Kentucky Speedway, the day after he won the truck race at Kentucky Speedway. (I didn’t make it for truck race, just the other two races or it would had been a face-to-face interview). He allowed me to go over the time I was given, was a GREAT interview and a learning experience for me.
Now, NASCAR and Wallace will have to find a way to bring those fans back that they lost. This will be a long and difficult task, this is also why as fans, we say to keep sports and politics separate. This is our happy place, somewhere we get to forget about the worlds madness and get to clear our mind.