Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Rant

Says offensive language he used in audio clip 'is not who I am'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2015 10:47 AM CDT
Updated Jul 24, 2015 12:52 PM CDT
WWE Cuts Ties to Hulk Hogan Amid Rumors of Racist Rant
Hulk Hogan is shown at the Jacob Javits Center on May 14, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A tweet posted last night by Hulk Hogan seemed to portend serious news: "In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH." That news was revealed by a WWE statement issued this morning, per Sports Illustrated, that said: "WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers, and fans worldwide." The WWE hasn't commented on why it disappeared Hogan from the WWE Hall of Fame page, removed his merch from the WWE Shop, and unlisted him as a judge from its Tough Enough reality show, per Wrestling News Source. But Hogan himself is now apologizing for "offensive language during a conversation" from "eight years ago," per a statement given to People. That "conversation" is believed to have been caught on a sex tape at the center of Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Radar says in a joint probe with the National Enquirer that five independent sources revealed lines from a racist diatribe about his daughter, Brooke. Among Hogan's alleged lines: "If she was going to f--- some n---er, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n---er worth a hundred million dollars. Like a basketball player! I guess we're all a little racist." Radar says the "explosive transcripts" of his comments are sealed in a Florida court. "It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it," Hogan says in the statement. "This is not who I am. ... I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs." Meanwhile, his lawyer tells People that Hogan wasn't fired from the WWE but resigned because "he didn't want to put them or his family through this." (Read more WWE stories.)

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