FBI Investigating Noose Found In Bubba Wallace's Garage Stall At Talladega

Tanya Simon
June 28, 2020

Meanwhile, Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said Nascar had contacted the FBI, which was handling the investigation into the noose.

"We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person [s] responsible and eliminate them from the sport".

"This is a hard time for our sport, but we are going to react swiftly", said Steve Phelps, president of Nascar, during a call with reporters Monday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Wallace was surrounded by all 39 other drivers in the moments before the race and they were joined by their crews in a march down pit road as they pushed his No. 43 to the front of the line.

"The U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the situation surrounding the noose that was found in Bubba Wallace's garage to determine whether there are violations of federal law". At a race in Virginia in May 2020, Wallace wore a shirt that said "I Can't Breathe" over his firesuit, and his vehicle featured a Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

Celebrity athletes both inside and outside the sport, including the NBA's LeBron James and NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, have also responded to the incident, showing support for Wallace, as the hashtag #IStandWithBubba takes off on Twitter.

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Wallace wore an "I Can't Breathe" shirt before one event, repainted his auto with the "Black Lives Matter" phrase and called on NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag, which the organization agreed to do June 10.

Lewis Hamilton has shared a message of support for NASCAR's Bubba Wallace after a noose was found in the stock vehicle driver's garage stall Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The race is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans.

Wallace was emotional and in tears hugged each driver one by one.

The NASCAR Cup Series' next race weekend features a doubleheader, with events scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Along with that, he said, "We will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate".

He received support from his peers in the racing world, including seven-time NASCAR champion and owner of Wallace's famed No. 43, Richard Petty. "It was truly incredible and I'm proud to be a part of this sport".

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