Just days after sported a “Black Lives Matter” message and celebrated the sport banning the Confederate flag at all races, a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, NASCAR officials said.
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has been receiving numerous backlash ever since he forced NASCAR into forbidding the use of the Confederate flag at all events.
Responding to the incident, Bubba released a statement via Twitter, “reprehensible action” of placing a noose in his garage.
“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” he wrote.
“Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry including other drivers and team members in the garage.
“Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.
“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate.
“As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you.’ This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”