World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has terminated Hulk Hogan’s contract, after the wrestler allegedly went on a racial rant. Hogan reportedly used racial slurs during a conversation, which was caught on his sex tape. The WWE has severed all ties with Hogan by deleting the wrestler from their website, and he will no longer appear on the reality television series entitled WWE Tough Enough. Hogan was one of the judges on the show, which centered around participants competing to earn a WWE contract. “[The WWE] is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the entertainment company issued in a statement.
According to reports, the sex tape (which was recorded eight years ago), features Hogan and a woman by the name of Heather Cole. The tape is the subject of an invasion of privacy lawsuit that was filed by Hogan a few years ago. Gawker posted a portion of the tape on their website, and Hogan is suing the company for $100 million. Although the details of the conversation have not been made public, some reports are suggesting Hogan was upset by the fact that his daughter (Brooke Hogan) had sex with a black man. The wrestler is also accused of making racist comments about former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and other professional black wrestlers.
Hogan released a statement to People magazine regarding his departure from WWE, for which the wrestler claimed he resigned from the company. “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. I apologize for having done it,” Hogan stated. He also told the magazine that despite his racist comments, the conversation does not represent who he truly is. The wrestler reiterated that he does not believe anyone should be discriminated against, regardless of race, gender, orientation, or religious beliefs. After the news spread regarding Hogan’s termination, Brooke Hogan came to her father’s defense. Brooke wrote a poem that intended to show the softer, lighter side of the professional wrestler. She stated Hogan had a “tender heart,” and she asked that people forgive Hogan for his past comments.
Hogan began his professional wrestling career in 1977, and by the 1980s he had become one of the biggest names in the filed. Hogan won six WWE championship, and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame ten years ago.