So this is awkward, but it turns out the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage was not a noose, and rather a garage pull. #Bubbahoax was trending on twitter, and Bubba has been on a campaign to try and clear his name.
The fast escalation of this case is quite bizzare. Someone on his team reported the noose, and it blows on social media, with every mainstream news source covering it. He races on Monday and now it turns out after the FBI sent 15 agents to investigate the case, they found that, in fact it was a a garage pull. Where is the common sense? Nascar has been under intense quarantine with only drivers and a few crew members allowed at the track. There aren’t fans, there aren’t random people there, it’s only essential team members.
The thing about this incident is that it really does benefit Bubba’s career. Bubba is a, at best, mediocre Nascar driver. He is currently 21st in the Nascar standings with his previous 2 years finishing 28th. He is now thrust into national spotlight with mainstream media and celebrities a like focusing on his story. Bubba really is the most important Nascar driver right now, despite the fact that he doesn’t excel at the sport.
The weird thing is that this incident might actually hurt Nascar. Nascar’s fan base tends to be be pretty conservative, I mean they only recently banned the Confederate flag at its races. Bubba is mainly getting criticism from conservatives. Therefore its not unrealistic to think that this will hurt Nascar’s reputation with its main demographic.
This case is really different than the Jussie Smollett case. First off, the Jussie Smollett case was flat out him, and only him lying and trying to be purposefully deceitful. No one in Wallace’s team was trying to be purposefully deceitful or trying to lie, it was just a big misunderstanding. Jussie Smollett is giant scumbag, Bubba Wallace is not. Bubba Wallace is not Jussie Smollett, but this incident should be a reminder to not jump to conclusions. They do look similar though.