Bubba Wallace apologizes to everyone but the driver he assaulted following backlash over NASCAR crash

Following a tidal wave of backlash, NASCAR driver and all-around anger case Bubba Wallace apologized Monday night to friends and just about everyone else except driver Kyle Larson, whom he violently attacked after a collision on the track.

The crash occurred on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a minor bump between the two cars caused Wallace’s car to brush against the wall. Wallace proceeded to hit the rear of Larson’s car, causing both cars to spin out. There have been a ton of calls for repercussions against Wallace after he got out of his car and assaulted Larson when the two left the track.

Wallace took to social media Monday and claimed that he intends “to learn from this.” Many doubt his sincerity.

“I want to apologize for my actions on Sunday following the on-track incident with Kyle Larson and the No. 5 car,” Wallace wrote. “My behavior does not align with the core values that are shared by 23XI Racing and our partners, who have played a crucial role in my incredible journey to the top of this great sport.”

“I want to apologize to NASCAR and the fans, along with Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Toyota for putting them in a situation in the Playoffs that they do not deserve,” he stated, pointedly not apologizing to Larson. “I compete with immense passion, and with passion at times comes frustration. Upon reflecting, I should have represented our partners and core team values better than I did by letting my frustrations follow me outside of the car. You live and learn, and I intend to learn from this.”

When the incident first occurred, Wallace steadfastly blamed Larson. He also brushed off an official who tried to talk to him after the altercation.

Wallace proceeded to get out of his vehicle and stormed over toward Larson. He threw his helmet down on the ground and extended his arms, evidently asking what Larson’s deal was. Wallace was then seen getting into Larson’s face and pushing and shoving Larson on the infield grass before the confrontation ended.

He claimed during an NBC interview that he did not intentionally slam into Larson’s car, asserting that his “steering was gone” and that Larson “just so happened to be there.”

“When you get shoved in the fence, deliberately like he [Kyle Larson] did, trying to force me to lift – the steering was gone, and he just so happened to be there,” Wallace claimed. “I hate it for our team. We had a super-fast car – not on short-run speed, we were kind of falling back there and Larson wanted to make it a three-wide dive bomb. He never cleared me. I don’t lift. I know I’m kind of new to running up front, but I don’t lift. I wasn’t even in a spot to lift, he never lifted either and now we are junk.”

“It was just a piss poor move on his execution,” Wallace charged.

When Wallace was asked about getting out of his car and assaulting Larson, he responded that Larson knew what the message was that he was trying to send.

“He knows,” Wallace said. “He knows that what he did was wrong. He wanted to question what I was doing. He never cleared me.”

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