Audio surfaced Friday (July 24) of former WWE legend Hulk Hogan’s unapologetic use of the N-word. For his actions, the wrestling foundation expunged Hogan’s history from their Hall Of Fame records. But despite the WWE and other spectators’ disapproval of the 61-year-old entertainer, one longtime friend is still standing by his side.
In an interview with TMZ, boxing champion George Foreman revealed his thoughts on the recent scandal. “I have known Hulk Hogan for well over 20 years,” he said. “I do not condone language he used, but he is no racist, he is a good guy.”
Foreman continued to say, “He is a friend of mine. We have hung out together and we have even been in the ring together. I consider him a friend.”
Hogan landed in hot water after he was heard on audio describing a black man who was interested in funding his daughter, Brooke Hogan’s singing career. “I don’t know if Brooke was f**king the black guy’s son. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f**k some n***er, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!”
He later went on to issue an apology posted on PEOPLE.com which reads: “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.” Hogan continued, “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.”
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