Hulk Hogan Fired WWE

Hulk Hogan Fired From WWE, Apologizes for Racist Comments

World champion wrestler Hulk Hogan finally may have met an opponent he can’t beat: his own mouth.

World Wrestling Entertainment has dropped the star from its organization, it said in a statement released Friday morning.

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.

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Though the organization did not offer an exact reason for Hogan’s dismissal — or for scrubbing its website of his presence — the termination comes after a few instances of the wrestler using racist language have come to light.

One, the Daily Beast reports, is a 2012 radio interview in which Hogan defends his use of the n-word, saying that he started saying it casually when he lived in Miami and was part of a social scene that included rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman.

“…They’re all calling me ‘n–a,’ and then I started sayin’ it,” Hogan says in the interview. “And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me then?'”

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Hogan’s other use of racially charged language, Radar Online and The National Enquirer report jointly, is related to Hogan’s $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for posting security footage of the wrestler having sex with a friend’s wife in 2012.

Transcripts of the tape allegedly feature Hogan repeatedly using the n-word and saying, “I guess we’re all a little racist.”

Early Friday morning, Hogan sent out this tweet:

UPDATE: Later Friday, he gave a statement to People, calling his language in the transcripts of the sex tape “unacceptable.”

“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.”

He continued: “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”

Hogan also maintains that he resigned from WWE, and was not fired.

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Hogan came to fame in the early 1980s as part of the then-World Wrestling Federation, soon becoming its signature personality. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. That was also the year his VH1 reality series Hogan Knows Best premiered; in 2008, the show shifted its focus to Hogan’s daughter, Brooke, and became known as Brooke Knows Best.

In addition to various TV appearances over the years, Hogan also voiced a character on Adult Swim’s recently cancelled animated series China, IL and was a judge on WWE Tough Enough. He is no longer listed as a Tough Enough judge; similarly, nearly all references to Hogan have been removed from the WWE website.

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26 Comments
  1. noel says:

    That IS NOT really saying why he got fired from WWE

  2. Georgia Madman says:

    WWE has become the morality police???? Pleeez

    • Lizo says:

      No, but they’re a private company with the right to enforce a morality clause. If the WWE wants to be seen as moving with the times and not supporting racist behaviour amongst their employees, good for them.

      • LOL says:

        They do however support the same domestic violence problem that exists in most sports.

        • Lizo says:

          Oh, I’m in total agreement with you there. And the WWE (and all sports) need to be doing more about the toxic culture they perpetuate.

          • Stop. There’s no company out there that tells people or supports people who commit domestic violence.

            People need to stop blaming companies and start blaming individuals and a lack of proper child rearing.

            If America does want to blame a third party, they’d be more accurate chastising rap music that still to this day is about demeaning women and valuing them as second class citizens. If you mention this, you’re considered the crazy old man next door though.

          • Angela says:

            @kevinlawrencecantor: I completely agree that there’s a lot of sexism issues that are part of the rap community, and that that stuff desperately needs to be addressed and dealt with.
            Thing is, though, that’s not the only genre that treats women that way, yet it always seems to be the one that gets the most criticized for that very thing. People at Fox News, for example, will go on and on about rap music being a bad influence on young people, then on that very same channel they’ll have Huckabee hanging out with Ted Nugent, who’s said some pretty horrifically offensive and sexist things about Hilary Clinton, and who’s been involved with underage women. I love rock music as much as the next person, but that genre has plenty of examples of men demeaning women, too-heck, I’d wager they’re probably equal to rap music in terms of their attitudes towards women a lot of the time. So why just single out the rap genre for that problem?
            Plus, there’s also the fact that many people refuse to even acknowledge rap as a legitimate genre of music in the first place, or recognize that just as there’s a lot of sexist rap songs out there, there’s also a lot of rap songs that focus on serious issues and positive attitudes as well. Rap music has its issues, for sure, but it’s not exactly alone in having those issues.

        • kalinis says:

          really domestic violence is a national issue not a sports one. no sport supports domestic violence but they do need harsher penalties but then when the law gives them free reign how can we expect companies to punish people harsher then the law. and im not vicitim blaming here but when do the women who get abused stand up and say no more. they frequently recant and wont tell anyone what really h appened to them and its not all out of fear of being hurt. they actually think its there fault. until we change the law to punish domestic abusers more harsly even without victims testimony no way can companies punish them harder then the law.

          • Lizo says:

            It is never the fault of the victim. Ever. And women recant because trying to move forward with a legal case is frequently more traumatizing than the original assault/violence.

      • kalinis says:

        oh come on this is wwe. they fired del rio for punching a guy who called him a racist name but kept the other guy. they kept michael ps hayes as creative director even though he wnt on a racist rant about african americans. im sorry but given there history it is admissable to wonder when they started to care.

    • Robby says:

      More like WWE didn’t wanna pay Hogan his contract when he barely makes 6 appearances a year. The interview was just a excuse. They knew this happened years ago. Just waiting for the time to fire Hogan.

  3. Dude says:

    Like I’m pretty sure some of those wrestlers have sexually assaulted and killed people (actually, I know they have) so to wipe a legend like Hulk Hogan from the face of the organization for saying the n-word seems like an overreaction. There has to be more to the story. Not defending what he said, he clearly is ignorant and has racial bias but the punishment doesn’t seem like it fits the crime.

    • :) says:

      Or maybe there should be a stronger reaction to domestic violence. Either way he knew what he was saying and chose to say it. It’s a known insult to millions of people. It’s a slap in the face to have that offense dismissed.

  4. Me says:

    How about the fact he tried to get an angle going so his son could profit over killing someone? Not the nice guy he likes to present.

  5. Matty Covel says:

    Bad, move Hogan made the wwf, the Rock and Stone Cold brought it back!Firing Hogan is like firing Babe Ruth!
    Thought you were smarter than that Vinnie Mac! Could go down as top 3 worst sports moves of all time! He made your dad and you and your family, Hogan is WWE, in 100 years people will be studying about this guy. Shows your really the prick u play on tv in real life. And your tiny, take more juice Vince!!

  6. Tater says:

    Hogan was having a rough time during the time of these comments (His divorce, His Son’s accident/trial) . He deserves a 2nd chance, & by no means should this cause him to be removed from the WWE hall of fame. One error shouldn’t erase a legend or his legacy. Disappointed in WWE for not supporting one of their biggest “building blocks” to what has allowed them to become what they are today.

  7. Ann says:

    Obama used the N-word. He should be fired too.

    • :) says:

      Not the same context and you know it. Context does matter

      • Laura says:

        But apparently the context is that Hogan made the racist comment 8 years ago. So what it was fine the last eight years but NOW it’s a problem?

    • Blackman says:

      You have got to be kidding me…did anyone pay attention to the actual context Obama used it for? No plus let’s not forget he is not the opposite race that tormented that culture and killed hundreds of blacks while using that word negatively to demean them. So everybody keep your personal feelings out of this unless you have had someone racially demean you or lock their doors when you pass their cars or follow you around the store to see if you are a thief or serve you last because they think you don’t tip…. As for Hogan he is guilty of being ignorant just as the rest of the Americans that say why can they say it and I cant…well let’s see….where your people killed by them??? No they were too busy trying to run away from that word and being killed by whites for their skin tone. Or how about black people fought along side every….single….American war and even after that they were still persecuted and demeand to that very word you all are ignorant about. Think people. Blacks say it ignorantly as well as a term of comrades. But you shouldn’t think you can just say it, because the next black guy who doesn’t use it that way and doesn’t say it will take offense and you will be in a situation. I don’t believe Hogan should be fired but I do believe he and the rest of these celebs need to be educated. We as Americans have forgotten what WE did to each other in our not too long ago past. Wake up Blacks have been here just as long as whites and we both have to live here and make this country work.

  8. David4 says:

    Yeah the USA is very odd. Racism is a major problem and we never address it, just say it’s bad and you get fired. Yet you beat your wife and that’s fine, you beat dogs and that’s fine, you shoot up a mall, church, movie, school, military base and we never do anything to change.

    Say one word (which shouldn’t be used by anyone but sadly is) and the world comes to an end. We care more about useless words and nudity than we do about violence. It’s insanity.

  9. I’m reminded of an episode of Mad About You in which Paul is constantly making fun of Marvin, calling him a wuss and such, all good-natured, manly, jabing, yet Marvin, instead of taking it in the spirit is given, gets offended and starts crying, which only prompts Paul to keep up the good-natured abuse, which isn’t mean spirited at all. As the episode continues and Paul tries to explain the situation to other people, everyone takes Marvin’s side, attacking Paul for being a bully.

    It’s been like 20 years since that aired, and people have only gotten MORE sensitive. Sad.

    • Blackman says:

      People wouldn’t get sensitive if it wasn’t still going on. Do you really think bigotry has stopped? If so then you and everyone else is ignorant. That said I can not forgive my race for taking the low road every time but I do understand and have fallen victim to the unspoken racism that occurs to the point now police are just killing blacks on camera…we have been screaming racist cops forever and everyone turned a blind eye…until now. Even now people still don’t believe it. So tell me this how did the first theatre shooter escape death after killing so many but…a black guy running from a cop is killed…more of blacks being bullied will come.

      • It’s all an issue of context. If Hogan is using the word in conversation with people who reciprocate the term and the feeling of good-natured ribbing associated with the first utterance of it, then it’s not racist. If he used it as an insult, then it’s racist. The sensitivity comes in when people who are not part of the conversation hear the word and make it about race because of their understanding of the word and their lack of understanding of the context of its use in one such conversation.

        • Mauro says:

          Yep Michael, you’re right. They’re not racists if they’re amongst other racists. They’re just racists against somebody else who isn’t hearing the conversation or not in the understanding of it’s inner circle of racism and its context. Excellent thoughts Michael, simplicity over accuracy and logic, that’s just fantastic.

          • I seem to have lost you somewhere. Depending on context, a word can be used with a racist or insulting connotation or not. There are NO absolutes, which is the term you’re thinking in. If I’m having a conversation with someone and call him an idiot because he does something foolish we both laugh at, that’s good-natured ribbing, not a literal insult that questions his intelligence.