Bubba Wallace believes he was not exaggerated when conducting the investigation for the rope

The FBI determined that Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime and that the lasso-shaped rope had been in the garage since October.


Pilot Bubba Wallace said he is grateful that the rope found in his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway was not intended for him, but he does not believe that the subsequent investigation was an overreaction.

Wallace, the only full-time African American driver in the NASCAR series, wondered if "Are we hypersensitive to everything that is happening in the world right now? Absolutely." In an interview with the sports news network ESPN, he added, "But if you were in my shoes, and I doubt anyone can walk in my shoes, especially right now, you would do it over and over again."

Following a rapid investigation, the FBI determined that Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime and that a loop-shaped rope had been at the garage door since early October.

Wallace's team noticed the rope just this weekend. "It was kind of a rope that served as a handle for the garage door we were assigned in Talladega, but it was shaped like a bow," Wallace said. He added that "when my boys saw that, when the crew member saw that, who turned out to be African American, he did his research first, and I was very proud of it."

The pilot said, "David Cropps, a guy I'll be supporting in any trench, any day, was walking from one side of the garage to the other to make sure he wasn't overreacting, and when he saw that the other pulls in the garage were basically rope solid without knots, and that in ours had a knot in the shape of a rope, I think so, that requires (an investigation) ".

Wallace, an Alabama native, said, "Whoever tied it knows how to tie a rope. And that's okay," Wallace said. "I don't know if they did it with hatred in the heart or as a joke, but it ended up being a misunderstanding, some will say," he said. Despite being sad about the situation, Wallace is also thankful for the support he received from his team, other riders, and NASCAR.

He said he will continue to use his platform to drive inclusion in sport. "Will it take years and years to reach a perfect world? Will it be a perfect world?" Wallace said. "Who the hell knows, probably not, but knowing that I have left an impact and left a legacy, if they take me out tomorrow, or whenever, then I can do it peacefully, because I have helped educate many of my teammates and many of the competitors "



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