NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is now being attacked by a famous helmet artist.
Jason Beam, who has previously worked with Wallace as well as stars like Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, went on a hate-filled social media rant toward Wallace and the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday.
Beam was celebrating the fact that Richard Petty Motorsports announced a new driver Erik Jones to take the spot vacated by Wallace – who joined Michael Jordan’s new racing team – and referred to Wallace as a “political statement” instead of a real driver.
“RPM will actually have a wheelman behind the wheel and not a political statement looking for attention,” he wrote.
When a fan responded, “So is this your final position? Cuz I remember a lot of flip flopping when you started getting called out by drivers,” it set Beam off.
“I never once flip flopped,” Beam replied. “F—k Bubba and F—k the BLM movement and F—k anyone who wants to censor opinions and let politics get in the way of business relationships. You can quote me all you want, that’s my stance and has been from the get go.”
Wallace caught wind of the tweet and responded on Twitter by taking the high road and explaining why he left.
It is not the first time Wallace has had to take the high road on Twitter. President Donald Trump accused him of creating a hoax when the FBI investigated a pull rope that appeared to look like a noose in his garage stall at Taladega Superspeedway earlier this summer.
Wallace said he was relieved to learn he was not targeted as part of a hate crime and responded to the president’s tweet by saying “love over hate every day.”
The 27-year-old is the only Black driver in NASCAR and called on the racing league to ban the Confederate flag at events, which it officially did on June 10 of this year.
In September, Wallace left Richard Petty Motorsport to join a new racing team formed by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and veteran NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.