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“No federal crime was committed”: U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town on Talladega noose incident

On Tuesday afternoon (June 23), U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, of the Northern District of Alabama, concluded in a statement that there was no hate crime committed during a reported Sunday afternoon incident in the Talladega Superspeedway garage area.

Authorities concluded that a rope, appearing to look like a noose, was found to have been in garage stall no. 4 in as early as October 2019. The video was confirmed as being authentic by NASCAR and was presented during the investigation.

Federal authorities concluded that the noose being there long before there was any knowledge of no. 43 Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, being assigned to the garage stall for this past weekend. Therefore, charges will not be pursued in the matter.

Prior to U.S. Attorney Town releasing the statement, a picture had been going around Twitter appearing to show what federal authorities found in their investigation.

Wallace finished 14th in Monday’s GEICO 500 and sits 21st in points, 48 points behind 16th place no. 8 Tyler Reddick, who currently holds the final Playoff spot.


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