Just when you thought you had seen the last of Bubba Wallace, he somehow slithers back into the headlines.
After his humiliating departure from Richard Petty Motorsports, Wallace is now seizing another opportunity to get back in the NASCAR limelight
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According to reports, Michael Jordan is forming his own NASCAR team and Wallace will be joining as his top driver.
The driver who created a stir this season by racing with a Black Lives Matter scheme on his car, convincing NASCAR to remove the Confederate flag from all of its venues, and literally making a federal case out of a alleged noose being found in his garage, will head-up a new NASCAR racing team started by NBA legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
“Eleven years ago I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game and we became fast friends,” Hamlin wrote on social media. “Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years and now we are ready to take it to the next level.
“Deciding on the driver was easy — it had to be Bubba Wallace.”
Wallace is the sport’s only full-time black driver.
“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan said in a statement. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”
Oh gag me with a spoon.
So not only do we have to keep enduring Bubba Wallace, but now we’re going to see a no-holds-barred Bubba now that he’ll be under the much less conservative team of Michael Jordan’s.
NASCAR is gonna be even harder to watch folks.
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