The FBI has concluded that there was “no crime committed”, following its investigation into a suspected noose that was found the in race garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, this past weekend.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday (June 24) that the section of rope found to be fashioned like a noose at the Talledaga Superspeedway, was in fact a garage door pull and may have been there as far back as last October.
In a statement, NASCAR confirmed the news Wallace was not the target of a hate crime, with the sport's President Steve Phelps saying “For us at NASCAR, this is the best result we could hope for."
Speaking to CNN after the findings, Wallace said it looked like no garage pull he had ever seen and called it 'a straight-up noose'
After the rope's initial discovery, Wallace’s fellow drivers rallied around him in solidarity, symbolically pushing his car to the front of the grid for Monday’s race.
Phelps said it produced what will be remembered as one of the most powerful images in the history of sport.
Wallace has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and he was also outspoken in the push to ban Confederate flags, formerly a common sight at NASCAR events.