Hulk Hogan was fired by the WWE after reports emerged of an n-word laced tirade contained in an unauthorized sex tape.
The audio tape was not released, but gossip site Radar online reports that transcripts of it can be found under seal -- meaning they are not available to the public -- in a Florida lawsuit.
The tirade was apparently recorded as part of a sex tape made with Heather Clem, who at the time was married to Hulk Hogan's former friend Bubba The Love Sponge, a radio DJ.
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The subject of the rant is the Hulkster's daughter, Brooke Hogan. Hulk had backed Brooke's music career, and was apparently angry that an African American music maker, whose son may have been seeing Brooke, had taken an interest in her career.
"I mean, I'd rather if she was going to f--g some (N--word), I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall (N--word) worth $100 million! Like a basketball player.I guess we're all a little racist. Fucking (N--word)."
Hogan - whose real is name Terry Bollea -- sued the website Gawker in Florida in 2013 after the site released a sex tape of him having sex with Clem. Radar doesn't say so explicitly, but it appears that the tirade may be included in the lawsuit over that tape. The case has not gone to trial.
WWE speaks out
The WWE has since removed all references to the uber-tannedmuscle guy from it's website, and on Friday, issued the following statement:
“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 WWE is no longer selling Hulk Hogan merchandise, according to The National Enquirer.
After the Radar report emerged, another tape of Hogan using the N--word during a 2012 Sirius XM radio show also began trending.
In the clip, DJ Whoo Kid asks Hogan about his penchant for everyone "brother."
Hogan launchedinto an explanation of how fellow wrestler Booker T used the N--word while calling him out. Then he saidrappers in Miami clubs also referredto him by the racial epithet. In the clip, Hogan did not abbreviatethe word.
"I always said it. But now all of the sudden I get heat when I say it," Hogan said.
It wasunclear if this clip was also behind the Hulk's banishment from the web.
DJ Whoo Kid tweeted that he didn't find the 2012 interview to be racist.
At the WWE, Hogan no longer appears in the Hall of Fame (it's OK. Andre the Giant is still there). His landing pagewas also scrubbed. All the photos were removed, replaced with a simple sentence: "You are not authorized to access this page."
nothing racist about that @HulkHogan 2012 interview I did. He was just explaining the usage of the Nword amongst his rapper friends and WWF— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) July 24, 2015
Hulk Hogan doesn't have to worry about having a job. If this racist tirade thing is true, he can always become a cop.— Michele Catalano (@inthefade) July 24, 2015
I wonder who released the Hulk Hogan "racist rant". And if they work for Gawker. I'm not a betting man, but I'd win money on a 10 to 1 here— TurtleBisquick (@TurtleBisquick) July 24, 2015
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
First the General Lee, now Hulk Hogan? Please don't make Optimus Prime and He-Man racist too! My '80s childhood's gone politically-incorrect— BarnCat Radio (@BarnCatRadio) July 24, 2015