Some observers are now comparing NASACR driver Bubba Smith to noted race hoaxer Jussie Smollett, the actor who is accused of faking a hate crime against him in Chicago.
Days ago, Wallace, who led the charge to have the Confederate flag removed from NASCAR events, was told that a noose was found hanging in his garage.
Twitter did what Twitter does and immediately formed a rage mob demanding justice, but after an investigation by the FBI it was found that the “noose” was a normal, standard garage pull, The Daily Mail reported.
The FBI said that the “noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019” as video evidence has shown.
“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,” it said.
“The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws,’” it said.
“We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation,” the FBI said.
NASCAR issued its own statement calling the “noose” a “garage door pull rope” and accepted the FBI’s decision that the pull was “not an intentional, racist act.”
“For us in NASCAR, this is the best result we could hope for,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said on Tuesday after the investigation was completed.
“This is … disturbing to hear that it was thought that one of our own had committed this heinous act. It is fantastic to hear from the FBI, definitively, that there was not a hate crime.
“I do want to make sure everyone understands that, if given the evidence that we had was delivered to us on late Saturday afternoon, we would do the same thing.
“We would have done the same investigation. It was important for us to do. There is no place in our sport for this type of racism or hatred. It’s not part of who we are as a sport,” he said.
Just like the Jussie Smollett story , the Bubba Wallace noose story was another media hoax
When will we learn that we can’t trust the mainstream media in times like these?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 23, 2020
Somehow we just KNEW that the #BubbaWallace noose story was a fraud. #JussieSmollett redux! And now we have been proven right. Yet NASCAR made a complete fool of itself, undoubtedly out of cowardice and fear. Toughen up, Nascar!
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 23, 2020
You’re the Jussie Smollett of NASCAR https://t.co/78oPoYUgcg
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 23, 2020
When Bubba Wallace leaned in to the fake noose story before the investigation was over and went on a media tour on The View, etc. he became Jussie Smollett part 2…
It’s hard for me… and many others… to believe that this wasn’t done simply to self-promote.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 23, 2020
But that did not work for Wallace, who appeared on several shows from NBC to CNN, to say that he was furious that he was being called a hoaxer.
He told CNN anchor Don Lemon that “from the evidence that we have, that I have, it’s a straight-up noose,” even after the FBI found that it was not.
“I was relieved just like many others to know that it wasn’t targeted towards me,” he said on NBC’s “TODAY” on Wednesday.
“It’s still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just gonna try and debunk you,” the driver said.
“That’s what I’m trying to wrap my head around now, from them saying that I’m fake and all this stuff, and I reported it when it was news that was brought to me, it was information that was brought to me that was already reported. So I was just kind of following suit,” he said.
He said that he believed the “noose” could have been an ordinary garage pull and asked his team to check other garages.
“When I did find out, I was adamant about searching all the other garages and making sure that this wasn’t a garage pull, and it ended up being one,” he said.
“The photo evidence that I’ve seen, that I have in my possession, of what was in our garage, is exactly a garage pull, it is, that is a noose,” Wallace said.
“I don’t know when we get to the point to release that image, but anybody sees it, it’s alerting and it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up for sure,” he said.
No Jussie, I mean Bubba, it is not a noose, Stop working so hard to be a victim.