NASCAR Rules On Bubba Wallace's Obscene Gesture During Fox Sports Interview
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace won’t face punishment for flipping the bird during an interview with Fox Sports on Sunday, according to a report. (Watch the video below.)
Wallace briefly extended his middle finger to someone off camera during an interview with reporter Jamie Little after his second-place finish in the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Who was this directed to?? pic.twitter.com/cwPCOGB2nI
— Rubbin is Racing (@rubbinisracing) May 22, 2023
NASCAR investigated but put the brakes on penalizing Wallace, Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass reported on Monday.
“It is NASCAR’s understanding he was gesturing to a friend and while inappropriate, it wasn’t done malicious[ly],” the NASCAR reporter wrote on Twitter.
Some reports suggested Wallace’s gesture on Fox Sports 1 was related to fans jeering him at the track or a breach on his team’s radio channel.
Wallace, the NASCAR Cup Series’ only full-time Black driver, responded to boos during his pre-race intro with mock-crying, Mediaite reported.
.@bubbawallace’s response to the boos aimed at him during his #AllStarRace intro.#NASCARpic.twitter.com/fibQq11N5P
— Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin) May 21, 2023
After the race, an unidentified person cut into Wallace’s team radio channel and said, “Go back to where you came from you asshole. You suck and you’re not wanted in NASCAR,” Motorsport.com reported.
Wallace “already had unhooked radio & didn’t hear” the comments, reporter Pockrass wrote on Twitter.
Officials are reportedly looking into that incident as well. NASCAR did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
In 2020, a noose was found in Wallace’s garage at a track but the FBI later determined that the driver, who lobbied NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag, was not targeted for a racist attack. The noose had been there months before Wallace used the garage and was serving as a garage-door pull-down.
Wallace is currently 15th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings. He has three top-five finishes so far this season.