Bubba Wallace, one of the most successful African-American stock car racers in history, spoke with out CNN anchor Don Lemon Tuesday night about what was allegedly a noose placed in his Alabama garage.
As one of NASCAR's only African-American racers, Wallace has often been a target of racist fans. The Alabama native has been vocal in his advocacy, painting "Black Lives Matter" on one of his stock cars and publicly congratulating NASCAR for recently banning Confederate flags. Following his high-profile stances against institutional racism, Wallace says a noose was placed in his garage at the Talladega Superspeedway.
The FBI investigated the incident and after just a matter of days came to the conclusion that the noose was actually a garage pull. Other videos have emerged that seem to indicate the pull was added before Wallace occupied the garage.
Wallace disputed that assertion, telling Lemon it's indeed a noose, even if it wasn't necessarily intended for him.
“Don, the image I have and I have seen of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull,” Wallace said. “I have been racing all my life. We have raced at hundreds of garages. That never had garage pulls like that.”
Watch the video below.
On Twitter, Trump supporters unflatteringly compared Wallace to Jussie Smollett, a gay actor who allegedly faked a hate crime against himself.