One of pro-wrestling’s biggest legends, Hulk Hogan, just got himself hip-tossed out of the WWE.
After a National Enquirer and Radaronline.com joint investigation discovered a racist conversation on an unauthorized sex tape featuring the 61-year-old shirt-ripping wrestler liberally using the N-word in regards to his daughter’s “dating preferences,” the WWE went no-holds-barred on Hogan and terminated his contract immediately.
In the conversation, Hogan directed his bigoted language at his daughter Brooke, who he accused of sleeping with a black man. After complaining about how much money he put into Brooke’s music career, he bemoaned how a “black billionaire guy” had offered to fund her. The expletive-laced comments escalated from there.
WWE began their Hogan cleanse late last night by pulling him from both their alumni and hall of fame lists on their website, as well as removing every piece of his red-and-yellow merchandise from their shop.
The company dropped their final piledriver early this morning when they made his termination official, and issued the following statement:
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds, as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
The moustachioed wrestler’s lawyer, David Houston, claims that Hogan resigned from the WWE, despite the organization’s assertions that he was fired.
“He decided to resign from WWE because he didn’t want to put them or his family through this,” Houston said to People magazine.
Hogan’s initial response to the audio release was this religious-tinged tweet:
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
He then gave a full apology to People magazine:
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. 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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
Hogan is also currently embroiled in a $100 million trial with Gawker after the site leaked the sex tape featuring the now-former WWE superstar gettin’ it on with a friend’s wife.
Hulk, what were you thinking, brother?!