Federal Bureau of Investigation says no hate crime committed in NASCAR noose case

Federal Bureau of Investigation says no hate crime committed in NASCAR noose case

After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.

NASCAR said as part of its preliminary investigation, it checked every Talladega garage stall and only one had a garage pull tied into a noose. "I was very proud of that".

"And I immediately thought my family was in danger and so I was about ready to call my mom and dad and make sure everybody was OK". But as Lemon turned to the actual "garage pull" Wallace became adamant about the nature of the noose. He was clear from the beginning that he hadn't actually seen it personally; this hasn't stopped online critics of accusing Wallace of perpetrating a hoax.

Wallace tweeted a statement on Monday afternoon, expressing his gratitude that the noose was a garage pull and not "what we feared it was".

Earlier Monday, Wallace appeared on ABC's "The View" and addressed conspiracy theories suggesting that the noose was planted in order to garner support following the Confederate flag ban. This isn't something that can be done in minutes.

Wallace described the emotions - relief, frustration, anger - he has experienced in the three days since the story became the topic of a national conversation.

Bubba Wallace takes a selfie of himself and of other drivers who had pushed his vehicle to the front in the pits at Talladega Superspeedway before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Talladega Ala., on June 22, 2020.

"It was a noose that, whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose", he later added.

NASCAR announced late Sunday the noose had been discovered and the industry rallied around Wallace.

Wallace said he will continue to use his platform to push for inclusion in the sport.

Later Sunday - Wallace reaches out to Cropps to "see how he was doing". Wallace's crew noticed it this weekend.

In the hours after the announcement of a noose was found, LeBron James, Dale Earnhard Jr. reacted.

NASCAR also issued a statement Tuesday, reading, "The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime".

"On Monday, fifteen Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway", the statement said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey calls the placement of a noose in the garage stall a "vile act" and "disgusting display of hatred".

On Monday, NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others walked alongside Wallace and escorted his Number 43 auto in a show of support for the conclusion of the race.

2 p.m. Baltimore Ravens and former Alabama star Marlon Humphrey drops the green flag and the GEICO 500 is underway.

The FBI says no-one will be charged over the discovery of a noose in a garage used by black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, after an investigation found it was tied in a door pull-down rope and had been there since at least last October. No federal crime was committed, authorities determine. Wallace said. "Who the hell knows; probably not".

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