Bubba Wallace is the Colin Kaepernick of NASCAR.
He’s singlehandedly helped to unravel a brand that some people thought could never be taken down by politicizing the sport.
Americans do not want activism mixed in with their sports. I don’t know how much clearer they can make it to the sports community.
Just look at the abysmal NBA, MLB, and NASCAR ratings.
But these narcissistic, self-involved athletes can’t stop themselves. The more “activism” the more endorsements they get. They don’t care if it hurts the sport or the fans, as long as they line their pockets and make their personal brand stronger.
Bubba Wallace and Colin are perfect examples of this.
They are subpar athletes, both ranking well below their peers. Yet, they’re scoring all these big endorsement deals because they’re BLM activists on and off the field and track.
Agree with the confederate flag or not, many people of all colors like the flag in the South. But Bubba is responsible for getting NASCAR to ban it from all events.
It was the “noose scandal” that put things over the top, and not even the circus-like outcome of that whole fiasco but Bubba’s rude and nasty attitude toward fans really cinched his place as the NASCAR villain; he even got booed on the track. That was well deserved.
Racing legend Richard Petty, for whom Bubba drove, put his face and reputation on the line for Bubba during the noose disaster, and Petty and Bubba both went down with the ship.
Now, after all of that, Bubba Wallace just called it quits and said he’s leaving Richard Petty sports.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace confirmed reports on Thursday that he would leave Richard Petty Motorsports, releasing a statement on social media.
Wallace, 26, is competing in his third full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and has raced only for RPM.
The 2020 season has been his strongest yet, with one top-five result and five top-ten finishes, but speculation has been swirling about his future prospects for some time.
His best result came in the 2018 Daytona 500 where he finished second, while he added a second podium to his tally last year at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wallace explained his decision to leave Petty with the following statement, branding it “not easy” to leave, but believing it was time for someone else to “take over the reins of the No. 43.”
“This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family,” Wallace wrote.
“But I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43.”
You almost have to wonder if maybe —just maybe— Petty wanted Bubba to leave.
Bubba was definitely an anchor weighing everyone down, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Perhaps, Petty is trying to do his own damage control, and trying to fix his brand.
Is it too late?
Only time will tell.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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