*Hulk Hogan has released a statement addressing the multiple reports that he used racial slurs on a sex tape made nearly a decade ago.
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” he said in a statement to ABC News. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”
He continued, “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. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard. As a result I am resigning from my contractual relationship with the WWE.”
Hogan’s statement came after the WWE’s released a statement this morning saying it had “terminated his contract.”
“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the company stated.
Along with the alleged slurs on the sex tape, audio also surfaced today from a 2012 radio interview where Hogan uses the n-word on the DJ Whoo Kid radio show when asked by the DJ about his past use of the word “brother” for years while in the WWF, now known as WWE.
The conversation turned to other wrestlers like Booker T using the n-word at Hogan in the past on live TV. Hogan then repeated what Booker T, and such rap artists as The Game, Birdman and Lil Wayne would say to him, when he lived in Miami.
Hogan, 61, uses the n-word over and over to explain how the rappers said it to him. He then admitted that he started saying it back to them, confused as to why he would get flack for saying it back if they were calling him that.
“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?’” he says in the audio.
Listen below (N-word talk begins at the 2 min. mark):
DJ Whoo Kid tweeted about the situation, writing “nothing racist about that @HulkHogan 2012 interview I did. He was just explaining the usage of the Nword amongst his rapper friends and WWF … to me @HulkHogan is the coolest and will always be the reason why I watched professional wrestling #legend.”