LeBron James shares message of support for NASCAR's Bubba Wallace

LeBron James shares message of support for NASCAR's Bubba Wallace	
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"Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team", the racing organization said in a statement. NASCAR announced it is launching an investigation. "I'm very curious to see how NASCAR handles this, because based [on] everything I've read ... this had to be an inside job, because this garage was only open to essential personnel".

"I know that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has informed the Birmingham office to use all their resources to find it as well". "We won't tolerate it". "I want to thank them personally for taking the time to educate me on so many topics".

The incident has put NASCAR on high alert for Monday's race which was already operating under tight security due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The message #IStandWithBubba was painted on the infield grass at the Superspeedway. It went ahead with the ban as the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police.

The racist symbol was found Sunday but sources say, Wallace never saw it himself.

"The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry". Angry fans with Confederate flags drove past the main entrance to the Alabama race track before Sunday's race.

That has led to at least one person publicly expressing their frustration before the now-postponed GEICO 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway. "Bubba Wallace is one of us; he is a native of Mobile and on behalf of all Alabamians, I apologize to Bubba Wallace as well as to his family and friends for the hurt this has caused and regret the mark this leaves on our state".

NASCAR was among the top-three trending topics on Twitter in the USA on Monday, with supporters of Wallace using the hashtag #IStandWithBubba.

But Monday's race seemed to take the new focus to greater, more meaningful lengths and showed more than just NASCAR officials are on board with creating an inclusive circuit.

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