Last Updated on June 24, 2020
Bubba Wallace, the driver who has been mocked online for believing a garage door pull was a racist “noose,” even doubling down on the story Tuesday night after the hoax was debunked by the FBI, had previously promised NASCAR fans “you’re not gonna stop hearing about ‘the black driver’ for years.”
Wallace’s statement, which was made on Twitter in 2017, read “There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport..I am the 1. You’re not gonna stop hearing about “the black driver” for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey..”
There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport..I am the 1. You're not gonna stop hearing about "the black driver" for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey..
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 8, 2017
At the time – and even in recent months – it was unclear what Wallace meant, since he has had a notably mediocre career and has never won a NASCAR Cup Series race.
This week, Wallace made headlines when his team claimed a “noose” had been left in his hangar.
The FBI, which has done virtually nothing to stop the looting and race riots sweeping the country of late, immediately dispatched fifteen agents to go investigate the “federal hate crime,” which turned out to be a garage door pulldown rope:
The claim that hateful white racists left a noose hanging in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace because he is black and supports the Black Lives Matter movement was debunked during a federal hate crime investigation, the FBI revealed Tuesday.
The Wallace story, which quickly went viral last week and was reported unquestioningly by corporate media as proof of white supremacy within the NASCAR community, has turned out to be reminiscent of the Jussie Smollett racist noose hate hoax in 2019.
In a Joint Statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. regarding the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway, the FBI explained its findings.
“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 statement reads.
Despite the FBI’s findings, Wallace doubled down on the hoax Tuesday night on Don Lemon’s CNN show, stating, “From the evidence that we have, that I have, it’s a straight up noose.”
On Wednesday, Wallace finally appeared to backtrack, releasing a statement in which he expressed relief that “this wasn’t what we feared it was,” and stating he would “gladly take little embarrassment over what the alternatives could’ve been.”
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020
The Walace noose hoax has drawn comparisons to 2019’s noose hoax story by Jussie Smollett.