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FBI: No federal crime committed in finding of what looked like noose at Talladega Speedway

Bubba Wallace (43) wears a "I Can't Breath, Black Lives Matter" shirt before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Hampton, Ga.
Bubba Wallace (43) wears a "I Can't Breath, Black Lives Matter" shirt before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Hampton, Ga.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 5:32 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The FBI says no federal crime was committed in the finding of what looked like a noose at Talladega Speedway.

According to a statement from the Department of Justice, “On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.”

The FBI learned garage number 4, where the rope was found, was assigned to racer Bubba Wallace just last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including video confirmed by NASCAR, that it had been there as early as October 2019. The Justice Department says, “Nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”

After the FBI’s finding, NASCAR released this statement: “The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”

The rope was found in the garage stall of driver Wallace at the NASCAR race in Alabama Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.

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