NASCAR Releases Official Photo of Rope in Bubba Wallace Controversy...and It's Definitely a Noose [Photo]

NASCAR released an official photo of the rope at the center of the Bubba Wallace controversy — and it’s very clearly a noose.

According to the organization, the noose rope had been fashioned that way as early as October 2019 and investigators have determined it wasn’t fastened as a direct threat to Bubba — but it’s still a noose.

via TMZ:

NASCAR says the item is a garage pull rope. Wallace says he’s raced out of hundreds of garages in his life and has never seen one fashioned as a noose until Talladega.

In fact, NASCAR president Steve Phelps said Thursday his organization thoroughly searched all 29 NASCAR tracks — which includes 1,684 garage stalls — and only ONE of the ropes was fashioned into a noose: “the one discovered Sunday in the No. 43 [Bubba Wallace] garage stall.”

Phelps added, “As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba.”

He added, “With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family. Our NASCAR family. Because they are part of the NASCAR family, too. We are proud to see so many stand up for what’s right.”

Earlier this week, Bubba praised the FBI and NASCAR for “acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat.”

“I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been,” Wallace added.

Bubba admits he’s had an emotional few days but he’s relieved “that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was.”

“Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we’ve made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all.”

After the results of the investigation were made public, Wallace spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon about the backlash he had been receiving —  saying, “I’m mad because people are trying to test my character.”

Whether it was an intentional threat to Bubba or not, the fact is someone fastened a noose in that garage as a threat to…someone. Maybe the FBI should do a little more investigating…

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