Here Are 4 People Defending Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan Terminated by WWE, Apologizes for Using N-Word: ‘This Is Not Who I Am’.

NEW YORK – Hulk Hogan and WWE announced they had cut ties on Friday after a transcript from a 2006 video in which he freely used the “n-word” was leaked. “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan),” the organization said in a statement on Friday. “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” Although the reason for Hogan’s termination wasn’t revealed, the news comes after a 2012 SiriusXM radio interview surfaced in which the wrestler used the n-word. “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” he said. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.An audio tape in which Hulk Hogan uses vile language to describe black men is bad news for the wrestling star, who on Friday lost a three-decade contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. The transcript was contained in a sealed deposition that is part of a $100 million lawsuit Hogan filed against the gossip site Gawker for posting online a video of him having sex with a friend’s ex-wife.

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 is also no longer named on a list of judges for WWE’s reality show, “Tough Enough,” although he’s on the roster for WWE’s August tour of Australia. The decision to publish and then remove the article prompted an internal meltdown at Gawker and also led some to suggest it would hurt the company’s chances with a jury in the Hogan case. The star has not commented directly on his fall from grace but cryptically tweeted earlier: “In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. Civil rights attorney Ameer Benno, who is not involved in the lawsuit, said there are a few things that could happen if Gawker is proven to be behind the leak. “If it was Hogan’s adversary in litigation — Gawker — then the court has discretion to impose a range of sanctions against Gawker,” Benno explained. “At one extreme, the court could strike Gawker’s answer in the case, thereby awarding Hogan the equivalent of a default judgment.

Hogan used the racial epithet several times three years ago during a radio interview with DJ Whoo Kid while discussing his use of the n-word while talking to African-American wrestlers and celebrities. “Well, Booker T used to do that to me, and every time I pull up YouTube, there’s that famous thing with Booker T and his brother is there and they’re all talking trash, and Booker T says, ‘I’m coming for ya Hogan, you ni—-’ and not ‘ni—,’ he goes ‘ni—-,’” Hogan said. This is the latest trouble in what’s been a difficult year for Hogan, who sued Gawker earlier this month for $100 million after they published a sex tape showing him and a friend’s then-wife in bed.

Now, it turns out the newly-unearthed audio tape involves Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, speaking to Clem in vulgar language about his daughter dating black men, including: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n*****, I’d rather have her marry an eight-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars! F–king n—-r.” Houston said Hogan asked him to tell his fans that he is “devastated” by his past actions and “sincerely apologizes to his family, friends and fans.” On Friday, Hogan apologized and, shortly before the tape came out, tweeted a cryptic message that was quickly retweeted by Gawker owner Nick Denton: All the controversy will boost Gawker’s public interest defense over the sex tape, as will a recent court order that forces the FBI to release still other tapes related to the Hogan circus. The case will be tried in Florida state court near Hogan’s hometown and the local jurors may side against New York-based Gawker, no matter what Hogan does or says.

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