ESPN has come under fire for bringing up a once controversial subject in a recent special for NASCAR Star Bubba Wallace.
In June 2020, Bubba Wallace, who is African American, claimed that someone put a “noose” in his NASCAR garage at Talladega Superspeedway. The incident happened during the fallout from the George Floyd murder case and ensuing unrest. In a later investigation, the FBI concluded that the rope had been hanging from the same location since the previous year. They also conclude that no one could have possibly known that Wallace would be assigned that particular garage at the Speedway.
On Tuesday, ESPN shared a clip from “Fistful of Steel” that brings up the debunked incident. Here is the Tweet that ESPN put out yesterday that has many outraged.
“Last year, a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway,” the social media post proclaims. “The next day, the NASCAR community stood with him in unity”
Numerous people reacted to the tweet by claiming ESPN is spreading misinformation. Many say the rope was a door pull on Bubba Wallace’s garage door and not a noose at all.
“It was a pull rope that long predated Wallace’s assignment to that garage,” Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon writes. “Pretending it was more than that is evil.”
“How do you do an entire special on something that everyone knows was an imaginary hate crime?” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton follows up.
The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis was even more brazen in his response to the ESPN NASCAR tweet.
“It was a garage pull cord that had been there for months, you dishonest, race-baiting, race-hoaxing clowns,” he says.
The ESPN special spotlighting Bubba Wallace and his rise to NASCAR Cup Series fame premiered last night (Tuesday).
Bubba Wallace Partner With Michael Jordan to Make History
It is an unlikely pairing, but NASCAR star Bubba Wallace and NBA legend Michael Jordan make quite a team.
Wallace left Richard Petty Motorsports to team up with Jordan and drive for his new 23XI racing team. It has been a very successful 2021 NASCAR Cup Series for the two men and they hope to carry that momentum over into the new year.
Bubba Wallace is thrilled to have Michael Jordan in his corner as he chases NASCAR history.
I am just honored to be able to drive for Michael Jordan,” he says in an interview with PEOPLE. “M.J. stepping up in a way that he did for me has been — you know, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank him enough. Just this opportunity this year and moving forward. He gave me an opportunity to shine and put my best foot forward.”
With plenty of opportunities ahead of him, Bubba Wallace will chase a NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2022.