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FBI confirms no federal crime was committed against Bubba Wallace while investigating noose in his garage

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After an investigation, the FBI concluded that the noose located in Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday wasn’t a federal offense, the U.S. attorney and FBI announced Tuesday afternoon.


“The FBI learned that garage amount 4, in which the noose was discovered, was assigned to Bubba Wallace a week. The investigation also revealed evidence, such as authentic movie supported by NASCAR, that the noose discovered in garage number 4 was at that garage as soon as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could’ve understood Mr. Wallace could be delegated to garage amount 4 last week.

The Decision not to pursue federal fees is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal legislation. We offer our thanks for NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this analysis

Following law enforcement’s statement, NASCAR put out its own statement Tuesday saying:

“The FBI has finished 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 affirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there because as early as last fall. This was clearly well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s fast and comprehensive investigation and are glad to learn that this wasn’t an intentional, racist action against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for those who love racing.”

NASCAR president Steve Phelps later vowed in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday afternoon to continue its own investigation into how and why rope in the garage has been made to a noose.

Richard Petty Motorsports also published a statement on Twitter Tuesday night detailing the timeline and investigation.

“On Sunday, June 21, members of Richard Petty Motorsports discovered a rope tied in the fashion of a noose in the garage stall assigned to the group at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In accord with established protocols, our staff member informed the crew leader who informed NASCAR of the existence of the thing from the garage stall. NASCAR leadership decided the course of action going forward with a direct investigation into the item and its possible origins. In the first stages of this analysis, NASCAR’s Steve Phelps notified Darrell”Bubba” Wallace Jr., of this data gathered and the existence of the item in the garage stall of his group.

“As a No member of Richard Petty Motorsports nor Wallace had some involvement with the presence of the rope”
In the Talladega playoff race in October. The team set out a statement stating among its employees remembered Monday”viewing a tied handle from the garage pull-down rope in last fall.”

“Only Such as the rest of the NASCAR garage, we were shocked and appalled to learn of the occurrence of the rope fashioned like a noose,” the Wood Brothers Racing statement read. “We instantly alerted NASCAR and have assisted in the investigation in every way possible.”
Monday because of rain, NASCAR announced that a noose was found in the No. 43 team’s garage stall. It immediately opened its own investigation and said it would”eliminate” the person or people responsible in the sport.

Wallace, the sole Black full-time driver in the Cup Series, has helped direct NASCAR’s response Following the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day and the following protests nationally and around the world. His most important impact so much was calling for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from many events, that the governing body did two days later on June 10.

On Twitter immediately after NASCAR’s

“As My mum told me now,” Wallace wrote in his reaction,”‘They are just trying to frighten you.'” This won’t violate me, I won’t give in nor will I back . I’ll continue to stand for what I believe in.”

Considering the noose to be an act of racism and a hazard against Wallace, the NASCAR community stood in solidarity with him Monday’s GEICO 500 Cup Series race. Drivers and crew members pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the field on the grid prior to the green flag, death part of the infield grass with #IStandWithBubba painted on it.

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