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.”
Wallace says he’s still very grateful to NASCAR for supporting him — and now feels more motivated than ever to win.
“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.”