Hulk Hogan ‘hit rock bottom’ at the time of his controversial ‘racist rant’

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Hulk Hogan ‘hit rock bottom’ at the time of his controversial ‘racist rant’.

The former WWE star has been engulfed in a controversy in recent days since reports surfaced that he had been recorded using racist language while speaking about his daughter Brooke Hogan’s love interests on the unauthorised sex tape, which leaked online in 2012. Despite professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan being dropped by the WWE and scrubbed from its website for racist remarks made nearly a decade ago, he’s still got folks in his corner.Although the company has cut all ties with the Hall of Famer amid the controversy, many fans, family and friends have reached out to defend him and he is grateful for their kind words.Muscled up, mustachioed and prawn-red, the wrestling hero “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan is now at the centre of two controversies that in combination deliver a near-perfect, four-way smackdown of American obsessions with race, sex, money and violence. Hogan has now shed light on what was going on in his life at the time the tape was recorded and he used the ‘N-word’, revealing the events happened when he was suffering from depression which ultimately resulted in him contemplating suicide.

Many from inside and outside the wrestling community have come to the 61-year-old Hogan’s defense after it was discovered he casually dropped the N-word several times in a recording from 2006. (Video via CNN) In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. Responding to a fan on Twitter who had questioned his actions, the retired wrestler wrote: “That’s not who I am, I hit rock bottom 8yrs ago and made a mistake for that I am eternally sorry, only love my brother. HH (sic)” Hogan has openly admitted he considered taking his own life as his depression took hold in the wake of his wife Linda Hogan filing for divorce in November 2007, which followed the cancellation of his reality TV show ‘Hogan Knows Best’ and the eventual jailing of his son Nick Hogan in May 2008 for reckless driving which caused a crash which left his best friend John Graziano with life changing injuries.

The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement July 24, 2015, saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” Wrestling stars Mick Foley, who wrestled under a number of personas, and Glenn Gilbertti, who wrestled as “Disco Fever,” both tweeted support for Hogan. The newly unemployed Hogan, who has since described the outburst – in which he said “I am a racist, to a point, f**king n****rs” – as “offensive” and “unacceptable”, now has further problems.

Even some black athletes, like former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, former NBA star Dennis Rodman and ex-WWE wrestler Michael Jones, who went by Virgil, defended Hogan’s character following the release of his comments. While Love Sponge did not seem to be fazed by this arrangement – he can be heard saying that Hulk and wife Heather can “do their thing” and he will be in his office – it was uncomfortable for Hogan.

She wrote, in part, “Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip.” Those words that slipped were uncovered as a part of Hogan’s $100 million personal injury lawsuit against Gawker media for publishing footage from an alleged sex tape featuring Hogan online. When searching for Hogan’s profile online and attempting to access it that way, an error message appears which reads: “You are not authorised to access this page.” An audio clip had surfaced online in which Hogan repeatedly uses the n-word during an interview discussing his early career and the use of the word on screen, although it appears this is from around 2012 and not the incident leading to the controversy. Hogan sued Love Sponge for invading his privacy, settled, and then sued Gawker – which has long hinted there was something more to the tape than sex – for posting part of it online. Legal analysts say the audio tape could bolster Gawker’s “public interest” defence that it had a right to publish the clip to prove its existence, and because Hogan’s behaviour is newsworthy.

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.” While Gawker has denied it was behind the leak of Hogan’s racist rant, and Hogan’s lawyer has vowed to “bury” Gawker if it that is found to be the case, Gawker Media proprietor Nick Denton, a former Financial Times journalist, is clearly hoping to deflect attention from the company’s current problem.

Denton issued a lengthy mea culpa, disowning this practice of outing, which has previously been directed at CNN news host Anderson Cooper and NFL star Michael Sam. Friends say that as a member of New York’s so-called “gay mafia”, Denton had long believed that gay men in positions of power have an obligation to be public about their sexuality. After two senior editors resigned following removal of the “outing” story, Denton told employees that this or similar controversies can cost the company up to $20m in annual revenue. Media observers point out that internet sites, especially those trading in celebrity and gossip, are faced with a dilemma: to win ad revenue from traditional media and achieve growth, they will have to spend to install editorial-standards safeguards to protect skittish advertisers from being drawn into controversies.

Gawker, they point out, has not been able to grow to the billion-hit size of Buzzfeed, may not be large enough to sustain such additional costs and probably could not afford a $100 million payout to Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

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