On Sunday, NASCAR announced the discovery of an alleged noose found in the garage assigned to driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., who is an African American. The sports media immediately pounced on the story, covering it as yet another racist hate crime—even without evidence to back up the claim.
Here’s an example of the immediate jump to judgment from ESPN’s Ryan McGee:
“To the person or persons who tried to ruin everyone’s weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, I have something I need to tell you.
To the one(s) who thought they could dip into the tired, old 1934 or 1964 racist playbook and elicit fear by placing a symbol of hate—a noose, for heaven’s sake—in the garage stall of a Black race car driver, I really need to make sure you are paying attention to what I have to say to you. I need y’all to read this next part.
It didn’t work. Congratulations. You failed. In fact, what you accomplished was the complete opposite of what you set out to do when you tied a rope into a loop, called the aerial advertising guy or ruined the resale value on your truck by bolting a flagpole into the bed.”
Following the discovery of the rope hanging in the garage, the FBI began conducting an investigation into what had happened. Meanwhile, the NASCAR community rallied in support of Wallace and his team, and the story of the racist symbol received extensive coverage.
Except, as we’ve come to find out, the story was false. There was no hate crime, and the noose wasn’t actually a noose. Oops…Narrative fail!
The FBI released the following statement:
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 the event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.
The FBI learned that garage number 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. 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.
The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.”
After the FBI’s findings, it appears that the alleged noose is, in reality, a rope used to open and close the door of the garage.
This rush to judgment by the sports media shows they are just as liberal as the mainstream news networks. The discovery of what appeared to be a noose confirmed their prior expectations and they immediately seized on the news to push their political agenda. Networks like ESPN have ruined themselves by turning their networks into twenty-four-hour Leftist political shows. ESPN is like MTV—they started with a purpose that everyone enjoyed, but then they changed up the content to show things that no one really asked for. Their ratings have declined in no small part to their editorializing of sports.
The latest developments conjure up images of the Jussie Smollett staged hate crime in Chicago in 2019.
As you may recall, Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett after the “Empire” actor allegedly staged a hate crime against himself to draw attention, because he was upset he wasn’t being paid enough for his work on the popular TV show.
Smollett claimed he was attacked by Trump supporters late at night in downtown Chicago. Chicago isn’t known for being a bastion of Trump supporters, so the report seemed unlikely from the get-go.
As of now, there is no evidence that proves that Bubba Wallace staged a similar hoax, however, instead of being grateful that he wasn’t the victim of a hate crime, Wallace took offense to the Smollett comparison and went off on CNN last night. He sounded upset more about the noose not being intended for him because it didn’t fit his own personal narrative. Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemmon the following:
“One thing you’ll never take away from me is how 100% I am. How raw I am, how real I am. And how I’ll shoot it to you straight each and every time because that’s how I was brought up and that’s what I stand by and in my statement on Sunday night. This will not break me.”
“None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down,” Wallace continued. “Will it piss me off? Absolutely. But that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up, to get back out on the race track next weekend in Pocono, and showcase what I can do behind the wheel. Tremendous amounts of BS, whatever it is that you want to say, you won’t break me, you won’t tear me down. Again, I will still stand proud of where I’m at.”
The Left once again shows that they will rush to judgment before all the facts come to light. For them, it is always about the narrative that Americans are racist and that restitution must be paid in the form of their preferred policies. The truth be damned!