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Noose Found in Stall of NASCAR’s Only Black Driver Bubba Wallace

On Sunday, the Black NASCAR driver who efficiently pushed for the favored inventory automobile collection to ban the Confederate flag discovered a noose in his stall as a reward for his efforts.

The noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on the identical day supporters of the Confederate image waved the flag outdoors the racing venue regardless of the ban. Also, earlier than Sunday’s race was postponed to Monday as a result of of inclement climate, a aircraft flew above the monitor towing a banner of a Confederate flag studying “Defund NASCAR.”

NASCAR didn’t formally deal with the aircraft or its banner, although government VP Steve O’Donnell did tweet an image as a response.

NASCAR additionally launched a press release on Monday morning in regards to the discovery of the noose in Wallace’s stall.

“We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the series said in a statement. “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.”

The racing collection additionally pledged to search out out who was liable for leaving the noose in Wallace’s stall and “eliminate” them from the game.

Twenty-six-year-old Wallace, NASCAR’s solely Black driver and an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter motion, additionally launched a statement on Sunday evening.

“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 wrote on Twitter. “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.”

LeBron James, who has constantly been outspoken about social justice points, supplied his help to Wallace on social media.

Racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. additionally supplied his help to Wallace on Twitter.

Set to begin at three p.m. ET, Monday’s rescheduled race would be the first in which NASCAR will open the gates for as much as 5,000 followers.

UPDATE

Following the FBI’s investigation into the matter, it was decided {that a} hate crime had not been dedicated and that the rope which was discovered hanging in Wallace’s stall had been there since not less than the autumn.

picture :Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet, wears a “I Can’t Breathe – Black Lives Matter” shirt. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty)Getty Images

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