Hulk Hogan has been dumped by the WWE after it found out that he angrily used the N-word to describe someone who was dating his daughter.
The wrestling legend was reportedly fired after the company learned about a transcript of racist comments he made in his infamous sex tape. Hogan is suing Gawker for leaking a clip of the sex tape, and the transcript is expected to be entered in court when the trial begins later this year.
In a statement on Friday, WWE announced, ‘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.’
Hogan’s lawyer, however, maintained that he was not fired, but resigned on Thursday night because ‘he didn’t want to put [WWE] or his family through this.’
In the tape, Hogan was discussing about her daughter Brooke’s music career, before he began ranting about her dating choices. ‘I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f***ing n***ers,’ he said, adding, ‘I mean I’d rather if she was going to f**k some n***er, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot tall n***er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player.’
In the wake of the release of this transcript, another audio naturally surfaced on Friday morning of him using the N-word repeatedly during a radio interview. In that audio, he admitted using the word because people around him were saying it to him.
Hogan has since apologized, saying in a statement, ‘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 not who I am,’ he continued. ‘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. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard,’ he concluded.