Hulk Hogan has apologized again for going on a taped N-word rant years ago, saying that he was suicidal at that time but now is ’embarrassed’ by it.
The former WWE superstar was fired by the WWE and removed from its Hall of Fame last month after transcripts of his leaked sex tape – which was filmed without his knowledge – showed that he called blacks ‘f***ing n****s’ and admitted that he was racist. But during an interview with Good Morning America on Monday, Hogan tried to explain what actually led to his behavior and utterances that fateful night in 2006.
‘I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know?’ he said. ‘I was completely broken and destroyed and said, “What’s the easiest way out of this?” I mean, I was lost.’
He then pleaded for forgiveness, saying, ‘I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it.’
Hogan also explained that he grew up in a rough neighborhood where the n-word was freely used as a form of greeting, saying that it also had an effect on his language.
‘A lot of people need to realize that you inherit things from your environment, and where I grew up it was South Tampa, and it was really rough neighborhood, very low-income, and all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word,’ he said. ‘The word was thrown away like it was nothing.’
He also expressed disappointment with the WWE for scrubbing him off their records ‘like I never existed,’ saying that he found his removal from its Hall of Fame particularly ‘devastating.’
‘Just ’cause a person makes a mistake, don’t just throw them away,’ he said. ‘If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and let’s just say in high school, you may have said one bad thing and all of a sudden, your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said 10 or 20 years ago, it’d be a sad world.’
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