One of the biggest icons in WWE history has been fired by the organization for a racist rant in a conversation that was taped 8 years ago. In the outburst, Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, used extremely offensive language toward an African American man whom his daughter Brooke was involved with.
Hogan claims he resigned from the WWE but the company insists they fired him, and all references to the legendary wrestler have been taken off their website including all merchandise. Hogan has also been taken off the WWE Hall of Fame list after receiving the honor in 2005. The WWE released a statement in the wake of the termination of the legend’s contract. “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.”
Hulk, who has also been dismissed from his role on the WWE reality show Tough Enough, apologized for his distasteful comments in an interview with People Magazine. “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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”