This has now become just a sad story.
It seems more and more likely that Bubba Wallace pulled a Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the FBI debunked his “there are racists in the stalls of Talladega Superspeedway!” nonsense. I am really hoping he was just that naive instead of he pulled off a hate hoax because I like the guy. I like his style. He did say that NASCAR went to him with the story, but he still ran with it and exacerbated it with racial rhetoric before knowing all the facts.
I’m not saying he fabricated a hate hoax, but I am saying that he stirred up a lot of ill will before all the facts came out. That’s the only problem I have with the NASCAR driver in this story.
Early Tuesday the FBI released a statement that concluded their investigation of the Talladega Superspeedway noose incident revealing that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.
On Sunday, NASCAR released a statement revealing that a noose was discovered in top driver Bubba Wallace’s Talladega garage stall. The problem was, there was no hangman’s noose.
“The FBI learned that garage 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. 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,” the FBI statement said.
A lot of people, including us, called it for what it was from the very beginning; a hate hoax. Wallace went off on a tangent about a “despicable act of racism and hatred” that left him “incredibly saddened,” only to find out that there was no despicable act of racism, only a despicable at of jumping the gun and causing a ton of ill will against the sport of NASCAR racing and among the NASCAR workers and thousands of fans.
Wallace acted like they found racist messages left behind, with a hangman’s noose around the neck of a Bubba Wallace action figure, and photos of Klan rallies, etc., when nothing like that happened. By the way, isn’t it strange that Wallace didn’t air a photo of the noose? That’s because it would have demonstrated the absurdity of his rant.
Here’s a photo of a garage door pull rope:
The lesson here is, like Fake News, you shouldn’t run your mouth about something before all the facts come out. You would think Wallace would have learned that lesson after the FBI report came out. And you would be wrong.
The debunking of his noose rant didn’t stop him from making an appearance on CNN’s “CNN Tonight” show with crybaby Don Lemon to play the victim.
The video below is unbelievable considering he just got caught exacerbating a hate hoax. Think about this. NASCAR, like many other sports, is a macho game. Even women drivers are seen as tough people to get in there and drive their cars at top speeds around dangerous curves and risk crashing their vehicles. For a top driver like Wallace, that macho thing goes a long way, and he could have gotten beyond this incident by admitting that he jumped the gun, and there was nothing racist that went on and that he’d just like to go back to driving his car for his adoring fans. But he didn’t do that.
The video begins with Wallace saying, “I’m uh, I’m pissed. I’m mad because people are trying to test my character, and the person that I am, and my integrity, and, they’re not stealing that away from me…”
WOW! It reminds me of when Kathy Griffin pretty much ended her career by posting a photo of her holding the severed head of the President of the United States only to go off in a press conference, after her downfall, and with her lawyer, complaining that she will “not be a victim to the Trump family.”
In the video Wallace does mention that NASCAR went to him and told him there was a noose found in his garage stall, but he himself then went out and raged about it publicly without waiting for all the facts to come out. I don’t blame him for being upset about what the organization told him, but I do blame him for not waiting for the facts. Like Fake News Don Lemon, he just went with what he thought was real and got nailed on it in the end. Had he waited until the facts came he would have become the classiest man alive, but he didn’t. Instead, he stowed fears of racism in the hearts of millions.
Listen to this guy act as if everyone else did something wrong while revealing how he and NASCAR blew a simple misunderstanding way out of control.
Now that’s you’ve watched the video, try to remember that nothing bad happened. Nothing at all.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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