Mack Trucks Weighs in on NASCAR Noose Controversy Before FBI Issues Findings
Lincoln, NE – On Tuesday, Mack Trucks weighed in on reports that a noose was found in the garage assigned to NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
On Sunday, a firestorm of controversy arose after reports a noose was found hanging in the garage assigned to Richard Petty Motorsports’ (RPM) Bubba Wallace as the team prepared for the Geico 500 on Monday.
Wallace is NASCAR’s only full-time African American driver.
NASCAR quickly issued a statement condemning the “heinous act” and vowed to “eliminate” the person responsible from the sport.
Dozens of NASCAR drivers and officials showed Wallace an outpouring of support leading to a remarkable show of unity on the track on Monday.
We are one family.
One NASCAR. pic.twitter.com/Y1IRI5qpRe
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020
The hashtag #IStandWithBubba has been trending on social media ever since.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) immediately began looking into the matter and probing whether or not a hate crime had been committed.
Despite knowing the evidence or the FBI’s findings, Mack Trucks, a sponsor of RPM and Bubba Wallace, issued a statement on Tuesday calling the act “despicable.”
— Mack Trucks (@MackTrucks) June 23, 2020
However, the FBI released its findings on Tuesday shortly after Mack Trucks issued its statement.
In it, the FBI says no hate crime was committed and Wallace was not targeted as many reports alleged.
Here is the FBI’s full statement:
On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.
The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. 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.
The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws.
We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.
NASCAR was also quick to release a statement following the unveiling of the FBI’s findings.
“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. “This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.”
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020
In light of these events, it is fair to ask if corporations and national leaders have a responsibility to wait and learn the facts of an investigation before parroting unsubstantiated claims which further stoke racial animus.
Perhaps that is the least that should be expected of Mack Trucks especially given the fact truckers have come under attack amid the growing social unrest.
Photo courtesy of Mack Trucks/Twitter