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Baseball Hall of Famer Curt Shilling deleted his Twitter on Wednesday after comparing NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

A crew member found what he said was a noose hanging in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

The "noose" was actually a garage door pull cord. Similar pull cords were hanging at every door in the Talladega garage.

NASCAR officials announced the finding of the "noose" to the public and called in the FBI, who sent 15 agents to Alabama to investigate the pull cord.

The FBI concluded there was no hate crime. The pull cord was in place in the garage since October 2019.

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In a tweet on Wednesday, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher compared Wallace, 26, to 38-year-old Smollett, who was indicted in 2019 for staging a hate crime attack on himself.

"So we have @JussieSmollett v 2.0? Where is the media recanting their idiocy? Shilling tweeted. "It was all a lie."

This isn't the first time Shilling made a controversial statement on social media. He was fired by ESPN in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page.

Wallace thanked NASCAR and his team on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's been an emotional few days. First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn't what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we'll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been. Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not distract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we've made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all."

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50 Cent promised to be a kinder, gentler social media troll after the tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident last month.

But the rapper-turned-TV executive, real name Curtis Jackson, went back on his word when he trolled Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old son, Zaya Wade, on Instagram.

Wade recently announced his son, Zion, now goes by the name Zaya and uses the feminine pronouns she/her.

On Monday, the 44-year-old rap mogul posted a meme on his Instagram page that shows Wade, 38, sitting next to incarcerated singer R. Kelly, 53, at a fashion show.

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A bubble above Kelly's head reads: "I heard you had a daughter now." Wade responds "U touch her I'll kill ya."

Fiddy captioned the meme: "LOL NOW THIS SOME FUNNY SH*T."

Kelly is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of raping minors in Chicago and other cities. The charges date back to the 1990s.

Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, is fully supportive of her stepson, Zaya's mental illness.

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