Al Sharpton is not only calling for swift justice in NASCAR’s noose investigation, he is threatening to show his face if he doesn’t get an answer in a timely fashion.
“If we don’t hear something soon, NASCAR can expect a visit from me — and I won’t be coming to drive a car,” Sharpton tells TMZ Sports.
Sharpton is not only upset that somebody put a noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Sunday, he’s also furious that a culprit has not been named as of yet.
“A rope represents a threat to human life and that person ought to be found out and dealt with by the authorities,” Sharpton says.
“To hang a noose, which is a symbol of lynching and killing somebody because of the color their skin, shows real hatred and real bigotry.”
“And by doing it they confirmed the very reason why we’re marching all over the country. Rather than a condemnation, it’s a confirmation of why we need to keep marching.”
Sharpton says he and his National Action Network plan on contacting law enforcement to check up on their investigation.
As it turned out, he got his answer on Tuesday when the FBI stated no crime was committed against Bubba Wallace and the noose found in the team garage at the Talladega Superspeedway has been there since last year and he, therefore, is not a victim of a hate crime.
“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
NASCAR issued a statement regarding the FBI’s decision saying, “We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba.”