Hulk Hogan, website update: TMZ has revealed the real reason why the WWE has decided to cut all ties with the wrestler. The website reported that Hulk Hogan allegedly used the n-word to describe his daughter Brooke’s ex-boyfriend, repeatedly. The comments were reportedly recorded in a transcript of comments made on his sex tape, and the WWE was made aware that those comments would be made public as part of a trial regarding that tape later this year.
A website’s Hulk Hogan references have been scrubbed clean. At first, the removal of the wrestler’s name from the WWE site seemed mysterious, but then more details were revealed about why the WWE was distancing itself from Hulk Hogan. The website has already removed multiple articles about the athlete, and links that previously led to information about the wrestler lead to an error message that reads “you are not authorized to access this page.” Now, it has been revealed that the WWE had been made aware of renewed interest in a taped audio interview from SiriusXM radio wherein Hogan discussed the use of the n-word relative to African-American wrestlers. The interview was from 2012, and it has been available for the past three years.
According to the Daily Beast on July 25, 2015, it was the 2012 interview with DJ Whoo Kid that eventually led to the removal of the wrestler’s name from the WWE website: “Hulk Hogan has a history of calling everyone ‘brother,’ and the conversation then segued into the infamous moment when Booker T called Hulkster a [n-word] on live TV,” reported the site. The audio in question is available on YouTube. In it, Hogan remarks, “I always said it. Just but now all of a sudden, I get heat when I say it.”
This isn’t the first time that there have been allegations connecting the wrestler to racism. Last year, a sign posted at his restaurant seemed to be directed at a certain group of people. The sign outlined a dress code for the restaurant that prohibited “excessively baggy attire, low-hanging pants, do-rags, bandannas, oversized or excessive jewelry,” TMZ reported at the time. The restaurant, Hogan’s Beach, responded promptly by taking down the sign after receiving complaints, according to the TMZ website.
“Hulk Hogan dropped from WWE due to audio recording in which Hogan goes on a racial tirade. WWE preemptively cutting ties before it breaks,” Shake Them Ropes explained on Twitter about the latest scandal to befall the 61-year-old wrestler. Hogan has yet to address the issue directly.