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Noose found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's garage stall

  • Published on 22 Jun 2020 09:47
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

An investigation has been launched after a noose was found in Bubba Wallace's garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway last weekend.

Wallace, who is currently the only black driver competing in NASCAR, has been an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks, running a livery inspired by the movement at recent events and speaking out on social media.

NASCAR itself has been making changes in light of the movement, announcing the ban of the Confederate Flag at all events and openly supporting Wallace.

The series has received praise for its movements in recent weeks, and it has now condemned the finding of the noose, stating it is taking the “heinous” act very seriously.

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team,” NASCAR said in a statement. “We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,"

"We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.

"As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all."

26-year-old Wallace, who has six top tens to his name including a second-place finish at the 2018 Daytona 500, says he is “incredibly saddened” by the new development. 

"Today's despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism," Wallace stated on Twitter.

"Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage.

“Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.

"Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, 'they are just trying to scare you'. This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."

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  • Damn... See, that's a properly racist act. Not the. I or stuff people have been freaking about

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    • Jun 22 2020 - 16:55
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 103

      Wow! Properly overt racism, you mean?

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      • Jun 22 2020 - 19:41
    • AJ - there's no such thing as properly racist - its either racist or it isn't. There is no grey. c'mon man.

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      • Jun 22 2020 - 23:44
    • @Pistonhead that's kinda his point though, innit? This IS racistic.

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      • Jun 23 2020 - 13:00
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 103

      @calle.itw- To say its, "properly" racist is to negate its true definition in favor of a particular person/groups' narrative of the word. There are multiple aspects to the word, or in this case, "act", yet all are damaging under the umbrella of racism. There is no placing of "levels" on oppression.

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      • Jun 23 2020 - 17:17
    • @2GRX7 the point is that we do need to go hard after real incidents of racism, as opposed to unintentional so-called "microagressions" or this stupid shit called "cultural appropriation" where the supposed racist hates a certain group so much that they literally embrace aspect of that race's culture. Like a white girl braiding her hair.

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      • Jun 24 2020 - 03:36
  • Wow, I mean wow. What kinda idiot does this kinda stuff?

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    • Jun 23 2020 - 13:01
    • Well... turns out that it was not a noose and that it was not done on purpose. It was pure coincidence that a rope that resembled a noose was found there. Goes to highlight the over-sensitivity of the world to this issues when. Here's what the report says:

      Roughly 48 hours after the discovery, federal authorities said video confirmed the rope “was in that garage as early as October 2019” hanging from a garage door. The rope was referred to as a noose, but can be used as a handle when closing the door.

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      • Jun 24 2020 - 17:17
    • Really? If that's true, talk about people taking this stuff and just running with it!

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      • Jun 24 2020 - 21:07
    • @Calle 100% look it up. It will pop at the top of your search results. The noose had been there since 2019

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      • Jun 24 2020 - 23:02
    • Oh for... First Swedish media, now even F1 news pages!

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      • Jun 25 2020 - 09:20
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 103

      WOW-just saw this again! Seriously, ya'll don't see an issue with a NOOSE in a NASCAR garage? Talk about not seeing the forest through the trees!!! SMH!

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      • Jul 2 2020 - 18:10
    • 2grx7 it had been in the garahe since 2019...

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      • Jul 2 2020 - 21:22

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