FBI: Rope In Garage Since October; Wallace Not Hate Crime Victim

Looks like NASCAR is doing what is does best today—going in a circle.

Only today it is circling back after the FBI determined yesterday that Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime as the noose allegedly planted in his garage was nothing more than a pull rope fashioned like a noose that had been on a garage door at Talladega Superspeedway since as early as October—well before Wallace was assigned to that garage.

"The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall," NASCAR said in its statement. "This was obviously well before the 43 team's arrival and garage assignment.

The agencies said no crime was committed and the evidence did not support federal charges.

"For us in NASCAR, this is the best result we could hope for," NASCAR president Steve Phelps said during a teleconference Tuesday. "This is ... disturbing to hear that it was thought that one of our own had committed this heinous act. It is fantastic to hear from the FBI, definitively, that there was not a hate crime."

Source: ESPN