After a noose was found in Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR and the FBI announced they were investigating the incident. Wallace is the lone Black driver in the top tier of NASCAR and is a voice for equality in the sport and beyond.
On Tuesday, Wallace confirmed he has been interviewed about the situation by the FBI.
He spoke to The View about the disturbing find and the emotions and events that have transpired since.
.@BubbaWallace on those who believe the noose incident was staged: “It’s simple-minded people like that, the ones that are afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for... instead of trying to listen and understand what’s going on.” pic.twitter.com/FikMntalwO— The View (@TheView) June 23, 2020
Following NASCAR's announcement of a noose found in the No. 43 driver's garage, many speculated it was a hoax.
Wallace responded to those thinking it was staged saying:
"It offends me that people would go to those measures but again, I'm not shocked. People are entitled to their own opinions to make them feel good and help them sleep at night ... It's simple minded people like that, the ones that are afraid of change they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for, instead of trying to listen and understand what's going on."
Wallace did not give any direct details about his discussion with the FBI, but said lightheartedly, "I can now say I've talked to the FBI. Never thought that would happen."
He said, "We're still trying to figure out whoever did this crazy act," adding, "I think it was better for me not to see it directly, I don't know how I would've reacted, but it's all in [the FBI's] hands now."
NASCAR president Steve Phelps says when they do find who is responsible that person "will be banned from this sport for life."
Wallace has received support from athletes across sports and his fellow drivers and crew pushed his Chevrolet Camaro to the starting line ahead of the Geico 500 to show support and unity.
The pre-race events at Talladega made Wallace emotional and he said it was "one of the hardest things I've ever had to witness in my life."