'You don’t stand alone': LeBron James leads Bubba Wallace support after 'sickening' act

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
LeBron James (pictured right) has thrown his support behind Bubba Wallace (pictured left) after a noose was found hanging in Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega. (Getty Images)

NBA star LeBron James has condemned the ‘sickening’ news of a noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega.

Wallace is the only black driver who races full-time in NASCAR’s top three series and has been outspoken about racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25.

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But NASCAR announced its shock in a statement after a noose was found in his garage, which coincides with the first race since NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its properties on June 10.

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team,” officials said in a statement.

“We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act.

“We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.

“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

The horrible news sparked a strong reaction from James, who offered Wallace his support.

“Sickening! Bubba Wallace my brother! Know you don’t stand alone! I’m right here with you as well as every other athlete,” he wrote, following the incident.

“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!”

Racers Kenny Wallace, JR Hildebrand and other stars also showed their support for the NASCAR driver during these difficult times.

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Wallace also took to social media in a state of shock.

“Today’s despicable 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,” Wallace wrote on Twitter.

“Over the last several weeks I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry including other drivers and team members in the garage.

“Together our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.

“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate.

“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.”

with Yahoo Sports and agencies