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Hulk Hogan Fired From WWE After Insensitive Racial Comments Uncovered In Video

WWE released a statement Friday morning

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For decades, the WWE/F has always had one name that was associated with its rich history…Hulk Hogan. Hogan was the first mainstream star in the WWF in the 1980’s bringing the product to the masses during the Rock N’ Wrestling era and helping the World Wrestling Federation eventually move into major syndication and pay-per-view. Since returning to the WWE over two years ago, Hogan was used in different roles including being a judge on the WWE’s Tough Enough reality show.

All of a sudden overnight from Thursday into Friday, all mentions of Hogan and his likeness were removed from the WWE website and social media. This is usually done when a performer is fired or quits the company. Many were surprised with the distance the WWE was taking from the Hulkster, especially with his involvement with the Tough Enough show as the company tries to reboot the concept. Hogan tweeted a cryptic statement most likely in response to the removal of all things Hogan from the WWE website:

“In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love.”

On Friday morning, the WWE released a statement announcing that they have cut all ties to Hulk Hogan.

“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.”

The reason behind the sudden departure of Hogan is still being speculated on. According to a National Enquirer and Radar Online reports, there is audio of a Hogan using the N-word numerous times during the infamous sex tape that features Hogan with Heather Clem. The insensitive language according to reports was concerning his daughter Brooke and whether Hogan had any problem with her dating an African-American. The website Gawker and Hogan are currently embroiled in a lawsuit over the release of the tape but at this point, the National Enquirer and Radar Online are promising more “vile” things from Hogan on the tape that will be released. Hogan apologized to the public through People.com on Friday morning.

“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 word is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, and religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.

According to PWInsider, the WWE was made aware of the alleged comments on Thursday night and Hogan, one of the most high profile names in the company to this day, was fired almost immediately. After the resignation of Bill DeMott in March after being accused of racially insensitive comments, it is zero tolerance in the WWE regarding these types of incidents. While the tape was made years ago, there is no doubt that something like this could affect WWE’s bottom line and long-term sponsorship plans if it goes unresolved. The question now is who replaces Hogan on Tough Enough on Tuesday night.

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for DoubleGSports.com as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow DoubleGSports.com writer Jason Cordner.
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