Introduced to a wider audience in 1983's Rocky III, Hulk Hogan became one of the world's most popular wrestlers for his loud mouth and brash attitude. Now, more than thirty years later, it's that same loud mouth that has gotten him in hot water. He made some racial slurs on a leaked sex tape some years ago. And the repercussions are only being felt right now, as the WWE fires the Hulkster from his long-standing position as a WWE Superstar. World Wrestling Entertainment dropped the star from their organization today by releasing this comment.
"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 did not issue an exact reasons for their termination, but their decision comes after Hulk Hogan's past use of racial language came to light. The sports entertainment celebrity, reality star and sometimes actor had his likeliness completely removed from the WWE's website presence following the dismissal. This happened despite the evidence against Terry Bollea being several years old.
Daily Beast reports that Hulk Hogan defended his often use of the N word in a 2012 radio interview, in which he claims he started using it during the time that he lived in Miami, and it was part of his social scene, which included rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman. In the interview, he stated the following.
"They're all calling me 'n-a,' and then I started sayin' it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, 'Hogan, you can't say that,' so I say, 'Why can they say it to me then?'"
The more notorious use of racially charged language is related to Hulk Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker, who posted security footrace of the wrestler having sex with a friend's wife. The video is also from 2012, and transcripts from those tapes have the former WWE wrestler using the N word multiple times, as well as stating, 'I guess we're all a little racist." Earlier today, he gave an apology to People, which you can read in full.
"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. This is not who I am. 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."
In the statement, Hulk Hogan maintains that he quite the WWE and was never fired. He has been with the organization since the early 1980s, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005. That was the same year his reality series Hogan Knows Best debuted. In 2008, the series shifted focus to his daughter Brooke Hogan, and was later retitled Brooke Knows Best. It isn't know what Hulk Hogan has planned from here. But he did launch this Twitter in response to the current events surrounding him.