On Monday morning (Aug. 31) Former WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan sat down for his first interview since the divulging of a 2007 racist rant during which he used the N-word. Appearing on Good Morning America, the once-beloved wrestler discussed the context of the leaked recording, noting that it was a disagreement between him and his daughter, Brooke Hogan. He also claimed that he was suicidal at that point in his life.
“I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I wanted to kill myself” he said. “I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost.”
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As the conversation about his daughter moved him to tears, Hogan asked for the cameras to cut while he composed himself. He additionally offered an explanation for his loose usage of the N-word, remarking that it was a word frequently thrown around during his early days in Tampa. He also said that it was “fair” to gather that he “inherited racial biases.”
“People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment,” he said. “And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word.”
Watch Hulk Hogan’s Good Morning America interview below: