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The Internet is comparing NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett, 38, is best known for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime hoax against himself in Chicago in 2019.

The FBI is investigating a racist incident in Wallace's team garage at Talladega. A noose was found hanging in the stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday.

The noose was observed by a Wallace team member who works on his cars. Wallace reportedly did not see the noose.

A plethora of surveillance cameras monitor the NASCAR garage where millions of dollars worth of race cars and expensive tools are kept.

NASCAR drivers are not allowed to enter the garage before races. They must go directly from their trailers to their cars before the start of the race.

But that didn't stop rumormongers on the internet from accusing the 26-year-old Alabama native of making up the noose story.

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Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. He drives for team owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Petty supported Wallace at the track on Monday. Petty, 82, hasn't been seen at a NASCAR race since before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Drivers joined together to push Wallace's #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet along pit road to the front of the the Geico 500 field before the start of the race on Monday.

NASCAR also painted "#IStandwith Bubba" on the infield at the Talladega Superspeedway.

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LeBron James was among the athletes who voiced their outrage over the news that someone hung a noose in the garage stall of NASCAR's Bubba Wallace.

The incident happened at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday. The noose was observed by a team member. Wallace did not see the noose.

"Sickening! @BubbaWallace my brother!" James tweeted on Monday. "Know you don't stand alone! I'm right here with you as well as every other athlete. I just want to continue to say how proud I am of you for continuing to take a stand for change here in America and sports! @NASCAR I salute you as well!"

NASCAR said it launched an immediate investigation and will do everything possible to find the perpetrator and "eliminate them from the sport."

NASCAR previously announced the Confederate flag would no longer fly at any of its events or racetracks after Wallace complained about them.

The decision angered redneck drivers who proudly cling to their Confederate flags and tins of chewing tobacco.

On Monday, Wallace tweeted: "Today's act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism."

He added: "As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."

Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series.

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The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for 1 game for saying Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard to stop because his dark skin is the same color as the football.

Ryan made the incendiary remark on Monday during a show on the 49ers' flagship radio station KNBR, according to CBS News.

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Ryan was describing Jackson's fake handoffs that usually result in the potential MVP keeping the ball and running it in for a touchdown. Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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"He's really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson," Ryan said on the radio show Monday.

"But when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point."

 

Jackson's exploits on the field this season drew comparisons to another famed dual-threat quarterback, former Atlanta Falcons superstar Mike Vick.

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While many are happy that a Black quarterback is the frontrunner for the NFL league MVP, others are bitter and hateful.

Many Twitter users defended Ryan, saying they didn't see anything wrong with what he said.

One Twitter user wrote:

"He points out that it's difficult to see someone with dark skin holding a dark football and all black. There is nothing racist about this. It's just a fact that the contrast with the background made him difficult to see."

Another user tweeted, "He's right. I can barely see the football!"

And a third Twitter user wrote: "One game suspension means they know he's right, but they have to pretend for the idiots".

Some Twitter users suggested making the football a lighter color.

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