Why has Hulk Hogan been taken down from the WWE website this week? In a breaking story, a “racist” video from several years ago featuring the Hulk saying the N-word has emerged; in light of this rant, WWE officials have decided to terminate their contract with the wrestling legend. CBS Sports reveals this Friday, July 24, 2015, that despite the Hulk being “fired,” he offered an apology for his offensive choice of language in a new interview with People magazine.
Even those who know little of wrestlers or the popular sport are likely familiar with Hulk Hogan. In many ways, he has been the face of WWE. However, the WWE’s official website has since completely removed Hogan from their pages, sparking massive confusion and chaos among fans recently. In a new update, we now understand why. The termination apparently came about after a controversial video surfaced of the Hulk using the N-word and going on what is being called a sheer racist tirade.
Hulk has since apologized for what he said at the time. The famous wrestler used what he feels must be considered “offensive language,” and that the incident itself happened back in a private conversation that was unfortunately recorded on video. However, that is no excuse, he added, and he is sorry for it.
“It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” said Hogan in the interview with People. “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.”
According to Gossip Cop News, the heartfelt apology arrived only a short while after other media sources claimed in the Hulk Hogan website scandal that they would be sharing a transcript of the original video that contained the racist remarks. The video itself is currently in the middle of a heated lawsuit between Gawker Media and the Hulk himself.
The original story on this controversy surrounding the WWE legend involved the company saying they had formally ended their business with the Hulk, terminating his longtime contract — and ultimately being “fired” — due to the racist video coming to light. The true reason was a mystery at the time, but in light of the Hulk’s apology, it is a mystery no longer.
“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,” stated a press release from the WWE company to CBS Sports recently.
Hulk Hogan has since been removed from the WWE.com website, and his merchandise has apparently been taken down as well. Past links that gave access to his biography page and items for sale have also been ended, with a page now stating, “You are not authorized to access this page.” Before the difficult announcement of his impending firing, Hogan released a strange post on Twitter. What do you make of this breaking celebrity news and the star’s new apology this week?
“In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH” wrote the star. Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed that the former wrestler’s contract had been terminated.