It is easy to state and suggest that the sports world in the year 2020 is a mess, that it has gotten too political, too out of whack, or whatever. But an incident that took place at the Talladega superspeedway in Alabama has shocked the country. Someone placed a noose in the car of Bubba Wallace, who is the only driver of color in NASCAR’s highest racing circuit.
The race was postponed to rain yesterday and rescheduled for today. On this day, NASCAR closed ranks in a show of support for Wallace in a moving ceremony, narrated by who I consider the voice of NASCAR, Mike Joy.
The FBI is said to be investigating the incident – and with the noose left in a secured area that few should have access to, the question of “who did it” needs to be answered, and quickly. As a civilian, I’m not up on hate crime law – but I assume it is possible that the perpetrator could wind up in jail.
Until we know otherwise, I treat the incident as a stain on the sports world. Regardless of how you feel politically, we have all the stains on society that we can handle right now. The last thing we need is more division – no matter who or what is at the calculator.