NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is still defending himself after claiming that he was the target of a hate crime.
Last month, Wallace alerted authorities and posted on social media that a noose was allegedly found tied in his garage.
This was racially motivated, he claimed. Targetted harassment.
During an interview on June 22, shortly after his claim surfaced, Wallace called conservatives and others who did not believe him, “simple-minded.”
“It’s simple-minded people like that, the ones that are afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for … instead of trying to listen and understand what’s going on,” Wallace said according to the Washington Examiner.
But, after an investigation, the whole incident turned out to be a hoax.
The “noose” was actually a garage door pull rope installed the previous year.
From the report:
Wallace, the league’s only black driver, found himself at the center of controversy last month after a rope used as a garage door pull was fashioned into a noose and found in his car stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Racing legend Richard Petty, who owns a car Wallace drives, called the incident a “despicable” act of racism and hatred.
An FBI investigation was launched and NASCAR condemned the situation as an act of hate. The FBI later found Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime and determined he was not targeted during the incident.
During an interview with Fox Nation this week, the NASCAR driver said people were too quick to write him (and his accusation) off.
“You don’t give yourself enough time to understand, to educate yourself,” he said of people that criticized him. “You quickly just jump to a conclusion.”
And, according to Wallace, fans are not forgiving him.
Wallace again called his fans “simple-minded” and said, “You’re never going to get that [forgiveness] from them.”
“They will always kind of carry that chip on their shoulder and do everything to knock you off your pedestal,” he said via the Washington Examiner. “So their job is to always deliver hate. Immediately, to deliver hate, before the facts are even given. So that’s something I’ve learned a long time ago.”
He continued: “You’re not going to make everybody happy. I went through a lot of stress of trying to make everybody happy, and one wrong move would blow up and you quickly realize that you’ll never make everybody happy. And so, there’s no need in wasting your time or energy or efforts on that.”
Watch the interview here: NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace sits down with Lawrence Jones on Fox Nation