LeBron James Says ‘No Question’ Noose in Bubba Wallace’s Garage Was Hate Crime

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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tweeted there is “no question” the noose hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage area was an act of hate—even if it was not particularly targeted at Wallace.

James tweeted his agreement with a segment from ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby in which Jalen Rose and Dave Jacoby agreed the act of tying the noose itself had racial connotations:

NASCAR released a photo Thursday of the noose, which was tied allegedly as a garage pull last year. Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s president, told reporters the sport examined 1,684 stalls at 29 tracks and found the only noose was the one found in Wallace’s garage: 

“Given the facts presented to us, we would have pursued this with the same sense of urgency and purpose. Upon learning of seeing the noose, our initial reaction was to protect our driver. We’re living in a highly charged and emotional time. What we saw w