On Sunday, NASCAR announced that a noose had reportedly been found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega and that themselves and the FBI were going to launch an investigation on the matter.
The FBI and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town released a joint statement on Tuesday stating that the alleged noose had actually been in that garage since 2019 and that no crime had been committed. All in all, the statement reveals that it was a rather sizeable and impactful misunderstanding.
“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”
In the statement, there are no specific details or clarification regarding the alleged noose or whether or not the rope was a pulldown for the garage door.
NEWS: The FBI has just released a statement about the NASCAR noose incident at Talladega, indicating it was a misunderstanding. No crime was committed. The noose was already there as early as last year. pic.twitter.com/j2MGrOvUN3
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 23, 2020
It’s worth noting that Wallace wasn’t the one to find the alleged noose in the garage, instead, it was a member of his team, and ESPN reported that he actually never saw the rope at all.