Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Using the N-Word

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hulk Hogan apologizes for racist rant: ‘This is not who I am’.

The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” The move came amid a joint report from and The National Enquirer that Hogan used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape he is fighting in court to keep private. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.WASHINGTON — World Wrestling Entertainment has terminated its contract with legendary wrestler Terry Bollea, AKA Hulk Hogan, although the reason behind the decision is mysterious.Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (credit: Michael N. Hogan, who’s real name is Terry Bollea, returned to the company last year after seven years of absence, and even hosted “WrestleMania 30” in New Orleans last April, where he shared an iconic scene to open the festivities with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” the statement said. “This is not who I am. Even though the organization cut ties with Hogan, the WWE has also been called out before on what were perceived as racist storylines or wrestling characters.

The footage is believed to be the same over which Gawker Media is currently entangled in litigation with Hogan; leaked by Gawker in 2012, but reportedly filmed in 2008. 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. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.” During the lead-up to their main event at Wrestlemania 19, Triple H cut a promo on Booker T telling him to dance for the champion and saying to Booker T’s face he has “nappy hair.” Degeneration-X and the Nation of Domination was one of the hottest rivalries during the “Attitude Era,” but it crossed a line when DX dressed in blackface during one Raw. The WWE also had several wrestlers with racial undertones, including Papa Shango, Kamala, Akeem “The African Dream,” Muhammad Hassan and Cryme Tyme.

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