Post by aggierattler on Jun 23, 2020 16:56:34 GMT -5
Well, y'all can believe this one if you want to, but this stinks of "Trump Administration Cover-up" to me...
No charges in NASCAR noose incident involving Black driver
BY JENNA FRYER AP AUTO RACING WRITER JUNE 23, 2020 05:30 PM
The noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace's garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday in announcing there will be no charges filed.
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 had been “was in that garage as early as October 2019."
The agencies said the evidence did not support federal charges.
Wallace, the only Black driver at NASCAR's top level, successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues less than two weeks ago.
Post by aggierattler on Jun 26, 2020 11:40:21 GMT -5
North Carolina speedway owner offers 'Bubba Rope' for sale
Jun 26, 2020 Updated 12 min ago
DANBURY, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale in a social media marketplace days after NASCAR said a noose had been found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the top series’ only Black driver, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama
Mike Fulp, the owner of the half-mile (0.8 km) 311 Speedway in Stokes County, made the pitch Wednesday on Facebook Marketplace: “Buy your Bubba Rope today for only $9.99 each, they come with a lifetime warranty and work great.’’
Fulp’s Facebook followers criticized the ad, with some self-described loyal spectators saying they would stop attending events at the dirt track because of the post. Critical comments also appeared on the speedway's Facebook page.
The ad had been taken down by midday Thursday. No one answered the phone at the speedway Thursday and the inbox couldn't accept a message seeking comment.
NASCAR officials released a photo Thursday of the rope found Sunday in Wallace's garage stall that prompted a federal investigation, which determined it had been there since October. The incident came less than two weeks after NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its venues and races at Wallace’s urging.
Ford Porter, a spokeswoman for Gov. Roy Cooper, condemned Fulp’s remarks...