Bubba Wallace wanted to make a statement, draw attention to himself and cash in on the BLM movement.
And he did.
Wallace claimed that a “noose” was found in his garage stall. Right from minute one, this had a funny smell to it. All that equipment, all that security and some ninja was able to gain entry to Wallace’s stall and leave a noose.
The FBI sent 15 agents to investigate this “crime.” Fifteen.
They determined that this was, predictably, a hoax.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. said its investigation determined ‘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.’
A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose Sunday at the Alabama race track. NASCAR was alerted and contacted the FBI, which sent 15 agents to the track to investigate. They determined no federal crime was committed.
The statement said the garage stall was assigned to Wallace last week in advance of the race scheduled for Sunday but held on Monday because of rain. Through video confirmed by NASCAR it was discovered the noose ‘was in that garage as early as October 2019.’
The agencies said the evidence did not support federal charges.
Wallace got more than his 15 minutes.
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 22, 2020
You knew that everyone’s favorite race monger Jamele Hill was certainly going to have something to say
“For him what he has done and how he has been able to speak to some issues that frankly you never see discussed in NASCAR and for the blowback and the reminder, the painful reminder of just how much people are invested in remaining and maintaining racist institutions, for him to get that message, I think it’s just beyond unfortunate. It’s sad. But NASCAR they’ve had to deal with maybe not directly nooses in stalls, but the shadow of the Confederate flag being a symbol that you often saw at NASCAR races. These very overt reminders about who this sport is exactly for and who should be a fan of this sport. This is something they have been dealing with a long time and, unfortunately, in this way, these issues bubbled to the surface.”
Yeah, well that noose had been there since 2019, just waiting for Wallace.
There was a crime committed, however. It was the media’s complete lack of skepticism, of questioning, of, well, curiosity.
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell stated matter-of-factly the “noose” was a “horrifying, racist incident.”
Former ESPN journalist Jemele Hill condemned the “noose” as a “disgusting reminder of who this sport is for.”
“You have a black driver, you have an opportunity here to open this sport up in a new way, and so for this reminder is very stunning, shocking, appalling, disgusting reminder of who, again, this sport is for,” Hill said. “I’m very curious as to see how NASCAR handles this because based off what everything I’ve read is that this had to be an inside job because this garage was only open to essential personnel, so somebody associated with NASCAR likely may have been the culprit, which what does that say for a sport that’s trying to create a more positive racial future.”
Across CNN, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC, the coverage was identical: Why wait for facts when the story already confirms our favored narratives?
On Tuesday the FBI confirmed what Americans who don’t work in the major media already suspected: This was no hate crime at all. In fact, the “noose” was merely an ordinary garage pull that had been in the same garage since last year. There was zero reason for this to be perceived as any kind of slight against the sport’s most prominent black driver.
So despite stepping on this same rake practically every month, the major media has once again humiliated, and it happened because they found their actual job of rigorously reporting the news less exciting than hyping hate hate crimes, whether real or imagined.
It’s Nicholas Sandmann all over again. Not one thought to the possibility of a different explanation. What there was was a willingness- a determination- to buy into the worst of people and score on the racism fad. It makes for better ratings.
Trust in the left wing media is at an all time low and by golly, they earn that every day.
And Wallace? Just like Jussie Smollett he’s sticking to the hoax.
Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday night, Wallace said he never personally saw the noose and was simply reacting to what the head of NASCAR had told him about it. Having seen images of the rope after the fact, Wallace stated, “It’s a straight up noose.”