On Monday, President Trump called out NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Twitter. He alleged that the noose found in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway last month was a hoax, while questioning NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from the sport. Trump tweeted, “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
Wallace and NASCAR Respond
Wallace responded with a statement Monday afternoon. It’s key highlight read, “Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.” Here is the full tweet from Bubba.
NASCAR also released a statement on the matter. “We are proud to have Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR family and we commend his courage and leadership,” the statement said. “NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans.”
Support For Bubba
Numerous drivers as well as other professional athletes came to the support of Bubba on Monday. Jimmy Johnson and Tyler Reddick both tweeted in defense of Watson. LeBron James also joined in to support Wallace. Beats by Dre announced their partnership with Wallace on Monday moving the announcement up earlier than planned. The tweeded announcement said, “We weren’t going to announce this until later this week, but hate cannot win the day. No one should ever be asked to apologize for standing up for what’s right.”
Fox Sports executive VP Michael Mulvihill tweeted on the ratings claim. “NASCAR viewership on Fox networks is up +8% since returning from its pandemic hiatus on May 17,” he said. NASCAR said ratings on NBC for Sunday’s race at Indianapolis were up 46% from last year’s event there.