10:39 AM PT — Bubba is praising the FBI and NASCAR in a new statement for “acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat.”
He added, “I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.”
Bubba says it’s been an emotional few days but he’s relieved “that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was.”
“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 is clearly upset by the backlash over the results of the FBI investigation into the alleged noose in his garage at Talladega … saying, “I’m mad because people are trying to test my character.”
The FBI and NASCAR both say the rope found in Bubba’s garage in Alabama on Sunday was a rope pull that was fashioned into noose … and it had been in the garage stall since 2019.
As we previously reported, a video from Nov. 2019 appears to show the rope in question, hanging on the side of Garage #4.
Investigators 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 the announcement was made on Tuesday — and seemed to dispute the findings of the investigation.
“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,” Wallace continued … “whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose.”
“So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”
As for the criticism he’s received — some have suggested both Wallace and NASCAR overreacted from the beginning — Wallace says he’s trying to shake it off.
“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.”