Hulk Hogan Fired By WWE Over Rumored Racist Rant
Early Friday morning, it was discovered that WWE had scrubbed all mention of Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea from its website. The Hall of Famer, who was under an exclusive “Legends” contract, was no longer listed on the Hall of Fame page or the Superstars page. In addition, he’s no longer listed as a judge on Tough Enough, the USA Network reality show which is in the middle of its current season. The last time WWE enacted a company-wide ban of one wrestler that was this severe, Chris Benoit had murdered his wife and son before taking his own life.
So what, exactly, did Hogan do to wind up getting fired by WWE? According to the National Enquirer and RadarOnline, Hogan made several racist comments on his 2006 sex tape with Heather Clem, who, at the time, was the wife of his friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Sources claim Hulk used the N-word several times when talking about someone who was offering to fund the music career of his daughter, Brooke.
“I don’t know if Brooke was f***ing the black guy’s son,” Hulk said, according to sources. “I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f***ing n***ers. But then when it comes to nice people and s**t, and whatever.”
The sources claim that he goes on to say: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n***er, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!”
“I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger,” he added.
Naturally, insiders believe this will be a scandal that will signal the end of Hogan’s career in the spotlight. However, he’s not done fighting. The sex tape in question is currently tied up in litigation, as Hogan has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media for showing excerpts from the tape. A subsequent FBI investigation unearthed three additional DVDs of Hogan and Clem, and it is believed that the offending rant comes from one of these tapes.
For now, Hulk Hogan has not been removed from any historical content on the WWE Network, but all plans to work with him, going forward, have been completely scrapped.
In fact, WWE was quick to get ahead of the story and verify, in a statement announcing Hogan’s release, that they in no way, shape, or form condone the content of Hogan’s rant:
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka 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.”
Early Friday morning, Hogan tweeted a cryptic message:
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
Ultimately, this is a tough situation. But if he really holds such hateful views, he really ought not to be employed by a publicly traded company. Or any company, really. How he lasted this long in an industry as colorful and racially diverse as wrestling, while supposedly holding such hateful beliefs, is beyond me.
Ah well, for more on celebrities who suck at words, check out the latest racist tweet scandal Donald Trump has gotten himself into now. Maybe he and Hulk can share stories on making it out of a PR nightmare in one piece.