Nikki Bella Praises WWE for Its Diversity Amid Hulk Hogan Racism Scandal—Watch!

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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.It comes after the star apologised for his “unacceptable” language, with his daughter Brooke creating a heartfelt poem begging fans not to be “tough” on her father.FILE – 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.

“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. 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. One fan had written that they “highly doubt” that the wrestling star was racist, to which Hogan responded: “yo King thank you my brother,that’s not who I am,only love.

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. Hogan, perhaps the biggest star in WWE’s five-decade history, was the main draw for the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was a fixture for years in its signature event, facing everyone from Andre The Giant and Randy Savage to The Rock and even company chairman Vince McMahon.

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. 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.” There are reports that the sudden end to their working relationship is the result of a video or audio of the star on a “racial tirade”, although renowned professional wrestling writer Dave Meltzer described it as “a rumour going round”. An audio clip has 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. Gawker, which removed the video from its website under a court order, said it had the right to publish the edited video because Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video’s release, which made the story newsworthy.

Hogan himself is yet to comment on the reports, although he did post a cryptic message referring to a “storm”, and putting his faith in “God and his Universe”. 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. 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.”

Whilst his position – and the reasons behind his apparent exit – are unclear, he has also been removed from the Tough Enough and Hall of Fame sections of the website.

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