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Bubba Wallace calls rope a “straight-up noose” following FBI investigation

“We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that,” he said.

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace still believes that a noose was hanging in the garage he was assigned to, despite the FBI investigation determining that the rope was a garage door pull. He spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday night (June 23) and said that the rope is a “straight-up noose.”

“I’ve been racing all of my life,” Wallace said. “We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So, people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”

Wallace also told Lemon that he didn’t see the noose himself, but he found out about it from NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “The look that he had on his face alerted me in a way that I’ll never forget,” he said.

The FBI investigation now has some fans questioning his character. “It doesn’t matter if we provide evidence, photos,” the NASCAR driver said. “It will always be photoshopped. I will always have haters.”

On Tuesday (June 23), the FBI released a statement concluding their investigation. “After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed,” the statement reads.

“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week,” the statement continues. “The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. 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.”

Watch a clip from the interview below.

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