Hulk Hogan’s N-Word Tirade and the WWE’s Racist Past

Hulk Hogan’s N-Word Tirade and the WWE’s Racist Past

In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hogan. The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement Friday, July 24, 2015, saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

Jen Yamato, THE DEAILY BEAST

(The Daily Beast) — The WWE acted swiftly as soon as they heard that an ugly racism scandal was about to break courtesy of Hulk Hogan, their most famous ring icon of the ’80s and ‘90s—and perhaps ever.

First came the Big Boot.

Around 8pm Thursday, according to his attorney David Houston, Hogan learned that The National Enquirer was going to expose his use of several racial slurs captured in one of his 2012 sex tapes with Heather Clem. In it, per transcripts obtained by Radar Online and the Enquirer, Hogan blasts a “black billionaire guy” who offered to finance his daughter Brooke’s musical career.

 

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