Bubba Wallace: ‘Doesn’t Matter If We Provide 100% Facts,’ People Will Use ‘Photoshop’ To Make Me Look Bad
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace appeared on CNN on Tuesday night for an interview after federal investigators concluded that there were no crimes committed over allegations that a noose had been left in Wallace’s garage stall.
When asked how he was doing after the FBI found that there was no hate crime, Wallace responded that he was “pissed,” saying that he is angry because people are questioning his character over the incident.
“And as a person, Don, that doesn’t need the fame, doesn’t need the hype, doesn’t need the media, I could care less,” Wallace said. “I could give two craps about that.”
After explaining the series of events that led to him finding out about the noose, which apparently was a garage pull rope that had been tied that way at least a year ago, Wallace responded to people who questioned his story by saying, “One thing you’ll never take away from me is how 100% I am. How raw I am, how real I am. And how I’ll shoot it to you straight each and every time because that’s how I was brought up and that’s what I stand by and in my statement on Sunday night. This will not break me.”
“None of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down,” Wallace continued. “Will it piss me off? Absolutely. But that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up, to get back out on the race track next weekend in Pocono, and showcase what I can do behind the wheel. Tremendous amounts of BS, whatever it is that you want to say, you won’t break me, you won’t tear me down. Again, I will still stand proud of where I’m at.”
“I have been racing all my life. We have raced out of hundreds of garages. They never had garage pulls like that,” Wallace claimed. “People that call it a garage pull and put out videos and photos of knots being in as their evidence, go ahead. But from the evidence that we have, that I have. It’s a straight-up noose.
The FBI has stated that it was a noose, over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated it was a noose. I can confirm that. I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car, to confirm that it was a noose.”
Later, when asked if he was worried about backlash, Wallace said, “You get backlash every day. We talked about that. Whatever, I’m used to it. It stings a little bit worse when they are trying to test your character and take something away from me that’s false. But the backlash will always be there. It doesn’t matter if we provide 100% of the facts and evidence, photo evidence. People are going to photoshop it to make me look like the bad person at the end of the day.”
“I will always have haters, I will always have the motivators to go out there and to try to dethrone me from the pedestal that I am on,” Wallace continued. “For all the kids that are watching and that want to be in sports, just know that you will automatically become or be put on a pedestal.
Whether you like it or not. What happens when you have a voice and you have a platform. People are going to try to take that away from you with all their power. They will lose sleep over making sure you don’t succeed. So you have to be strong, always keep your head on a swivel, and always watch your back.”