ESPN facing backlash after claiming 'noose' was found in Bubba Wallace's garage last year

What was thought to be a noose was determined by federal officers to be a garage pull that was placed in the unit months before Wallace's team ever arrived

Updated: December 15, 2021 - 12:02pm

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    ESPN is facing backlash for a tweet posted Tuesday claiming that a noose was discovered in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's garage last year, despite the findings of the FBI concluding that the rope was in fact a garage door pull.

    The tweet included a video previewing a documentary, "Fistful of Steel," made by the network about the controversial incident. The preview fails to mention that NASCAR released a statement following an investigation by the feds determining that the "noose" was actually no such thing.

    "The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment," reads a statement from NASCAR, that ESPN has on its website.

    The FBI concluded that the rope attached to his garage door had been there since at least October of 2019 and that "nobody could have known" that Wallace and his team would be assigned to that specific garage.

    The preview, however, at no point mentioned that Wallace's claim was debunked, which several voices around the internet picked up on immediately.

    "How do you do an entire special on something that everyone knows was an imaginary hate crime?" asked conservative commentator A.G. Hamilton.

    Citing ESPN's own headline, "FBI says rope had been in Talladega garage since October; Bubba Wallace not victim of hate crime," writes conservative radio host and founder Clay Travis. "I mean your own site's reporting proves this Tweet is bullshit. MSESPEN gonna MSESPEN, y'all."

    He also said: "I can't wait until next year for the @espn report on Jussie Smollett's recovery from his hate crime too."