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Not long after the FBI reported that what was hanging in Bubba Wallace garage in Talladega Sunday was “not a noose,” Bubba appeared on CNN and he was “pissed.”

The FBI and NASCAR both say the rope found in Bubba’s garage in Alabama on Sunday (6/21) was a rope pull that was fashioned into a noose … and it had been in the garage stall since 2019.The FBI concluded it was not made as a threat to Wallace and the case will no longer be pursued as a hate crime.

Wallace appeared on CNN just hours after saying, “The image that I have and I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull. I’ve been racing all my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. It was a noose, whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose.”

He added, “So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”

As for the criticism he’s got with people saying he’s overreacting, Bubba said, “The backlash will always be there. It doesn’t matter if we provide 100% facts and evidence, photo evidence, people are gonna photoshop it to make me look like the bad person at the end of the day. I will always have haters. I will always have motivators to go out there and dethrone me from the pedestal that I am on.”

He concluded, “This will not break me. None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down. It will piss me off, absolutely. But, that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up.”

Bubba Wallace responds after FBI hate crime investigation

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace speaks to CNN's Don Lemon after the FBI said a noose found in his team garage at the Talladega Superspeedway has been there since...