NASCAR has released a picture of the noose that was found Sunday in driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway.
The noose was found just weeks after Wallace spoke out about the presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events. NASCAR subsequently implemented a ban at races.
On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations concluded that there was no hate crime at Talladega, NASCAR said. Evidence showed that the “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall,” according to a statement released by NASCAR.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps during a Thursday press conference said that the organization checked garages across 20 tracks and found only one instance where a pulldown rope was fashioned into a noose.
In response to the FBI’s findings, Wallace said that he was relieved the investigation “revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was.” In a subsequent interview with ESPN, the driver emphasized that he didn’t think reporting the noose was an overreaction.
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