Bubba Wallace responds to the FBI's findings: "Either it was linked in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose"

Bubba Wallace responds to the FBI’s findings: “Either it was linked in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose”

“I’m crazy because people are trying to test my character and the person I am and my integrity,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday night.

NASCAR said it had launched an investigation after a crew member discovered Sunday’s mammal in the afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Earlier this week, NASCAR said it was “angry and outraged”.

Speaking to Lemon, Wallace said the image he saw “what hangs in my garage is not a garage.”

“It was a noose,” Wallace said. “Either tied up in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So it wasn’t addressed to me, but someone tied the noose. That’s what I’m saying.”

In a statement posted on his Twitter earlier this week, said the “act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly sad”, but vowed that the incident “will not break me, I will not give up or I will give up”.

On Tuesday night, he said he continued to stand by what he said.

“It will not break me, none of the allegations that you are a hoax will destroy me or destroy me,” he said.

“It will disappoint me, absolutely. But that only fuels the competitive effort to close everyone down,” he added.

What the FBI report said

The FBI said it “learned that Garage No. 4, where the loop was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week.”

“The research also revealed evidence, including an authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 has been in the garage since October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, “No one could have known that Mr. Wallace would be placed in Garage No. 4 last week,” the agency said.

A picture taken from a 2019 YouTube video shows a garage door rope formed in a noose in the stable used by Bubba Wallace's racing team earlier this week at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Asked why the FBI described the rope found in Bubba Wallace’s garage as a noose, FBI spokesman Birmingham Paul Damon told CNN, “I understand that the rope was knotted and used as a door pull. “

Damon said 15 agents had been assigned to the NASCAR investigation.

NASCAR also issued a statement on the FBI’s decision.

“We appreciate the FBI’s swift and thorough investigation and we are grateful to have learned that it was not a deliberate, racist act against Buba,” the statement said.

“We remain committed to providing a welcoming and non-exclusive environment for all those who love racing.”

CNN’s David Close, Dave Alsup and Randi Kaye contributed to the report.

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