What you gonna do when the Hulkster runs wildly racist on you?
If you’re WWE, you’re going to fire the company’s most iconic pro wrestler.
The wrestling world is abuzz Friday morning after WWE parted ways with Hulk Hogan, removed his name and likeness from its official channels — and suggested racially insensitive behavior was the reason.
The shocking specifics reportedly come from audio from Hogan’s infamous sex tape. According to Radar Online,Hogan is heard spewing hate speech in a conversation about his daughter, Brooke:
“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n—-r.”
WWE has scrubbed Hogan from several online platforms, according to a report by Wresting Inc: His profile was removed from the Alumni section of WWE’s website, related merchandise was removed from its online shop and Hogan was removed from the cast listing for Tough Enough, a WWE-produced reality series.
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan),” said a statement from WWE. “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
Hogan alluded to the discord with a cryptic tweet posted early Friday morning:
The backdrop for this controversy is an ongoing lawsuit in which Hogan — call him Terry Bollea in court, please — is suing Gawker Media for $100 million for invasion of privacy, after the website published a clip from the 2006 sex tape allegedly featuring Hogan and the then-wife of his then-best friend. The trial was set to start July 6, butwas postponed with an October hearing and no new trial date.
Friday’s reputation-puncturing reveals about Hogan — whose stage persona exhorted kids to drink their milk and take their vitamins — surely help Gawker’s defense.
Hogan has a history with the n-word. Online wrestling forums dusted off a years-old radio interview on DJ Whoo’s SiriusXM show in which Hogan uses the slur several times in telling a story.