NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is not happy with the backlash over the results of the FBI investigation into the noose found in his garage at Talladega.
“I’m mad because people are trying to test my character,” he says.
The FBI and NASCAR both say the rope found in Bubba’s garage in Alabama on Sunday was a rope pull that was fashioned into noose … and it had been in the garage stall since 2019.
As we previously reported, a video from Nov. 2019 appears to show the rope in question, hanging on the side of Garage #4.
Investigators concluded it was NOT made as a threat to Wallace — and the case will no longer be pursued as a hate crime.
Wallace appeared on CNN just hours after the announcement was made on Tuesday — and seemed to dispute the findings of the investigation.
“The image that I have and I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull. I’ve been racing all my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that.”
“It was a noose,” Wallace continued … “whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose.”
“So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”
As for the criticism he’s received — some have suggested both Wallace and NASCAR overreacted from the beginning — Wallace says he’s trying to shake it off.
“The backlash will always be there. It doesn’t matter if we provide 100% facts and evidence, photo evidence, people are gonna photoshop it to make me look like the bad person at the end of the day. I will always have haters. I will always have motivators to go out there and dethrone me from the pedestal that I am on.”
Wallace says he’s still very grateful to NASCAR for supporting him — and now feels more motivated than ever to win.
“This will not break me. None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down.”
“It will piss me off, absolutely. But, that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up.”
Watch Bubba’s interview below.