NASCAR Bubba Wallace has gotten himself into a quagmire after doubling down with CNN’s Don Lemon over a suppose noose in his garage now he wants to smooth things over and it’s too little too late.
The FBI announced that it concluded their investigation into the allegation that a noose was found in NASCAR’s only full-time black driver Bubba Wallace garage. According to the FBI, the “noose” in question was a garage pull rope that been there since October.
Nevertheless, Wallace joined CNN’s Don Lemon to double down on the conspiracy saying regardless it was a noose.
To say this on television AFTER the release of the NASCAR statement on the FBI investigation makes me less willing to believe this person’s sincerity, to put it mildly https://t.co/REecaHst8I
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 24, 2020
Former ESPN journalist now MSNBC contributor, Jemele Hill still used the FBI’s findings to claim that NASCAR fans are racist.
It. Was. Not. A. Noose.
But @JemeleHill used this fake news as justification to call ALL fans of NASCAR racist.
Hill called the original (fake news) report a, “stunning, shocking, appalling, disgusting remind of who this sport is for.”
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 23, 2020
Wallace wasn’t handling the criticism well as many were calling him Bubba Smollet for allegedly going along with a hoax. On Wednesday afternoon Wallace tried to smooth things over and issued a statement:
“It’s been an emotional few days. First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been. Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we’ve made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all.”
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020
Sharpton doesn’t want to give up on the story yet either.
Sharpton not ready to give up on the NASCAR “noose” story: “It’s clear what a noose represents … And then did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.” pic.twitter.com/xzq5hQIWC5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 24, 2020