Everyone, including the WWE, is finally speaking out regarding the Hulk Hogan racist controversy, and many important details are coming to light. The WWE released a statement to Us Magazine, attempting to clear the air:
“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,” it said.
Hogan’s camp was also very candid with the magazine, and his lawyer, David Houston, claims the decision to leave WWE was made entirely by Hogan himself. He also mentioned there will be an investigation into who leaked the aforementioned racist audio tape and it will be part of the ongoing trial surrounding his sex tape with Heather Clemson.
“We are investigating who leaked this audio and again, it is an especially suspicious circumstance realizing we are in a very contentious litigation with Gawker media. This tape surfaces through a transcript with National Enquirer at a time, when quite frankly some would say certain people would do anything. And as a consequence of this leak, we will do all possible to investigate who is responsible and who again, after three years has passed, is once again attempting to attack Mr. Bollea and successfully sell,” Houston said.
Hogan has also broken his silence and admitted to using the n-word in a public apology shared with Us Magazine:
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard. As a result I am resigning from my contractual relationship with the WWE.”
SOURCE: Us Magazine
After the entire Bill Cosby fiasco that tarnished our ’80s childhood memories forever, famed wrestler Hulk Hogan is now the next star to find his legacy in jeopardy. Hulk Hogan has been in the middle of a $100 million lawsuit with Gawker ever since the site released his sex tape two years ago. And overnight, WWE removed any mention of his name from its official sites, merchandise and all.
However, sources such as MediaTakeOut claim that the scrubbing is due to Hogan’s racial tirade back in 2012.
An old clip popped up from an interview Hogan did on DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show, where he mentions that Booker T called him a “n-gger” on live TV once. He says that while living in Miami, he freely used the word in rappers’ company – including stars such as Birdman, Lil Wayne and The Game. There are also rumors that he used the “N-word” against The Rock, although there is no audio to confirm.
While little else has been reported, Hogan did take to Twitter with a spiritual message:
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
We’ve reached out to WWE for clarification, but have yet to get a response.
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