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Driver Bubba Wallace takes a selfie with himself and other drivers that pushed his car to the front in the pits of the Talladega Superspeedway prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. In an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR’s only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed the car belonging to Bubba Wallace to the front of the field before Monday’s race as FBI agents nearby tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The story went all over about a “noose” being found in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who is black.

Many decried the incident, media called it a hate crime and drivers came out in an emotional show of support for Wallace.

The FBI was called in to investigate the incident.

The verdict? It was all a misunderstanding, that the ‘noose’ had already been there long before Wallace was assigned the garage and it was not a hate incident directed at him.

As many pointed out, it’s apparently common on many of the NASCAR garages, to have a rope with a loop that might look like a noose to help to pull down the rolling door of the garage.

Good to hear. Again another lesson for media to wait for all the facts to come in.

Stories often turn out to be mistaken or false upon further investigation. This is similar to the story last in Oakland, California of a “noose” found in a tree and it turned out it was exercise aids that were set up by a local man to work out with.