TMZ is reporting that the FBI has decided the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall was “no crime was committed” at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. NASCAR says the item in question is a “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose” that had been positioned in the garage since last Fall of 2019.
NASCAR adds, “Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.”
The FBI — along with U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town — just explained the situation.
“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.”
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020
According to the FBI, Garage #4 — where the noose was found — was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week.
“Although the noose is now known to have been in Garage #4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to Garage #4 last week.”
The FBI and the U.S. prosecutors says the decision not to pursue federal charges is proper “after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws.”
“We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.”
As we previously reported, Bubba didn’t find the rope himself — it was a member of his crew who discovered it on Sunday and immediately reported to NASCAR.
NASCAR launched an investigation and looped in law enforcement, including the FBI.
In the previous days, Bubba — the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series — had been very outspoken about removing the Confederate flag from all NASCAR events.