Hulk Hogan is known for telling his “little Hulkamaniacs” to say their prayers and eat their vitamins, but he may want to tell them not to get caught on a sex tape in racist tirade. The WWE cut ties with the legendary superstar, scrubbing him from the WWE.com website and firing him from reality series Tough Enough, amidst a swirl of rumors that he was caught on tape making racially-charged statements towards African-Americans. The WWE essentially confirmed the news in an official statement soon after.
Now Radar Online and The National Enquirer have released excerpts of the racist rant seen on the sex tape of Hogan with Heather Clem, ex-wife of his former friend, Bubba the Love Sponge. In the tape, he says of his daughter Brooke Hogan, “She is making some real bad decisions now. My daughter Brooke jumped sides on me. I spent $2-3 million on her music career, I’ve done everything like a jackass for her.”
He continued to fume about a “black billionaire guy” who was willing to pony up to help boost her career, suggesting that she may have been having sexual relations with the man’s son. Hogan says, “I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son… I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger.”
The rant is seen in the same sex tape that Hogan is currently suing Gawker Media for releasing. The official transcripts are under seal by a Florida court, but independent sources have provided the quotes which Radar Online and National Enquirer have released.
Hogan issued a statement to People in which he apologizes for his comments, saying they don’t represent his true beliefs.
“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”, Hogan said. “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.”
His lawyer has confirmed that Hogan has officially resigned from the WWE in order to spare them and his family from the media firestorm. Meanwhile, WWE insists that he was actually fired from the company.