The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has on Friday terminated its contract with wrestling super star, Hulk Hogan.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was accused of using unacceptable racist rants which is against the WWE’s commitments of embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of its employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Although, the WWE did not specifically announce its reason(s) for booting the wrestling icon, reports making its rounds claimed that Hogan used the n-world to describe a man involved with his daughter, Brooke, in a leaked transcript of a sex tape that is the center of a multimillion dollar lawsuit with the gossip site Gawker.
Meanwhile, the all time wrestling star has apologized for the remarks he was accused of making, just as his lawyer said Hogan resigned from the organization ‘because he didn’t want to put them or his family through this.’
“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,” Hogan told People magazine.
Find the transcript obtained from People Magazine below:
According to the transcript, Hogan said on the tape, referring to his daughter: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player…I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r.”
In addition, Hogan, 61, has been removed from the WWE website. When you search for Hogan on the site, he is no longer listed on the WWE Hall of Fame page, and all of his merchandise has been removed from the WWE shop.