Bubba Wallace 'relieved' he wasn't target of hate crime, frustrated by blowbackJune 24, 2020
FBI: ‘Noose’ found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway is door pull rope in place since October
Federal authorities say since the rope had been there for months, there was no way anyone could have known the stall would be assigned to NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace this past week.
Bubba Wallace said Wednesday he was "relieved" that a noose found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama was not considered to be a hate crime.
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Wallace said in an interview on "TODAY" he was frustrated with some of the reaction he's received as a result of the FBI's investigation.
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"I was relieved just like many others to know that it wasn't targeted towards me," Wallace said. "But it's still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just going to try and debunk you and that's what I'm trying to wrap my head around now."
Wallace said that he and his team have photo evidence of the noose and added that federal officials told him it wasn't a functioning noose.
"The photo evidence I've seen and have in my possession [shows] it was a garage pull that was a noose. I don't know when we'll get to the point that we'll release that image … It's alerting and it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up," he said.
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"It was a rope pull for the garage door. It was attached … it was definitely in the shape of a noose. It wasn't a functioning noose."
The FBI determined that the noose in his garage had been there since last year.