NASCAR is a dying sport. It needs as much of a spotlight on it as it can get. First, they get a spotlight because drivers are walking away because they can’t fly their Confederate flag any longer. Now, they get a spotlight because one driver had a “noose” in their garage.
Bubba Wallace made headlines because of a noose being found in his garage. He wasn’t even the one to find it. Someone else found it. President Steve Phelps called him to say that he was the victim of a hate crime.
After a full investigation was conducted by the FBI, it was determined that it was not a noose. It was a pull cord for the garage door. And it had been there since October 2019. Well, that’s awkward.
There’s even photographic evidence that the supposed noose had been there for over eight months.
No hate crime was committed. NASCAR officials decided they needed to stir up trouble.
That’s when Bubba Wallace should have walked away.
But he decided that he didn’t want to walk away. He wants to bathe in that spotlight a bit more, but it’s not making him look any better. Perhaps for someone who is in his fourth year with no wins, he needs to make sure people know who he is. But is this really the way he wants to make headlines? Apparently so.
Bubba Wallace was on CNN, with Don Lemon wanting to know about his feelings. Wallace said, “he’s pissed” and trying to “test my integrity.”
The FBI has straight-up said it’s a noose. Even after hearing Bubba Wallace’s side of the story, he says that he never saw the noose himself. He never reported it. NASCAR told him that it was a noose. NASCAR told him he was a victim of a hate crime.
He got emotionally invested in the whole ordeal. Once the ruling came out, he should have walked away.
He’s holding strong that, “It was a noose. It was a noose that was whether tied in 2019 or whatever. It was a noose. So, it wasn’t directed to me. But somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying. It was — it is a noose.”
But a noose really is only a type of knot.
If someone wanted to make an actual statement with a noose meant to hang someone, shouldn’t they have hung it in the middle of the garage? At a height where a human could actually hang? Shouldn’t it have been noticed before eight months went by?
NASCAR shouldn’t have hyped this up so significantly, reporting it to fans and the press before the investigation was carried out. They could have saved themselves a lot of embarrassment.
The biggest problem is that Wallace is feeding into the hysteria. He’s reading all of the media. He’s letting it scare him. He’s convinced it was a noose, even if it wasn’t directed at him.
So, he’s technically correct. Someone tied a noose. But sometimes a knot is just a knot. We live in a racist-fueled world right now and everyone is on edge.
Someone in NASCAR jumped to a conclusion because they saw a knot in the shape of a noose hanging down. Meanwhile, anyone who has ever had to pull a heavy garage door down would tie the rope in a similar fashion. It’s not a racist statement. It’s simply the most convenient knot for the job.
Now, if someone could just explain that to Bubba Wallace, he could get some sleep. He could also give up the whole talk show circuit that he has planned so that “his side of the story” can be heard.
The reality is that he didn’t even see the noose. For months, he didn’t see the noose. It’s just a knot. Bubba, it’s time to let it go. You’re just making things worse for yourself and NASCAR by continuing to talk about a garage pull.