FBI: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace not target of hate crime

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The FBI’s investigation into a rope found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage has found that it was a pull rope for a garage door, not a noose.

The rope was brought to NASCAR’s attention on Sunday, after the scheduled race at Talladega Superspeedway was postponed due to rain.

Wallace is NASCAR’s only full-time African-American driver.

The statement from NASCAR reads: “The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.

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. 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. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”  

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