This is why we love sports.
NASCAR has been brought into the forefront of the topic of racial oppression equality in the United States thanks to Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in the sport, questioned the confederate flag being let into races and events.
Days later, the sport decided to ban the flag, which has fallen under criticism by many. It appears one of those opposed to the rule change went as far as to leave a noose in the stall of Wallace’s garage the night before the GEICO 500 in Talladega Monday.
In solidarity with Wallace following the incident, drivers and crews pushed his car to the front of the start line prior to the race, moving him to tears.
.@BubbaWallace was overcome with emotion after his fellow drivers pushed his car to the front
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 22, 2020
NASCAR shared an emotional video with a message of “family” around Bubba Wallace.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2020
Bubba Wallace was overcome with emotion prior to today’s race. pic.twitter.com/bZ3XAr1qPa
— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020
The incident is under investigation by the FBI to locate the person(s) responsible.