Hulk Hogan’s use of racial slurs sent him straight into the ring with WWE. The National ENQUIRER and RadarOnline.com retrieved an audio transcript from a conversation Hogan had about his daughter’s black partner. Adding fuel to the fire, a 2012 radio interview resurfaced, exposing the wrestler’s further embrace of the n-word.
According to the National ENQUIRER, Hogan voiced his concerns to Heather Clem—the co-star in his sex tape scandal—about his daughter, Brooke, and her love life and music career. He mentioned how he rivaled a black man who wanted to pay for Brooke’s expenses as a singer. His racial rant starts there as he followed with, “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!”
However, the public did not discover his offensive vocabulary until an interview with DJ Whoo Kidd, three years after the conversation. Audio reveals that supposedly Hogan adopted the word to causal refer to friends and acquaintances. DJ Whoo Kidd spoke to FOX411 about this 2012 incident, “It was never used in a hate way. As long as he’s not using the n-word in a hateful way he doesn’t deserve to be fired.”
Hogan’s worries in National ENQUIRER and RadarOnline.com’s transcript elicited a different response from WWE. News of the leak prompted the organization to release Hogan and remove any trace of him off their website, including merchandise. A representative said in a statement, “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (a.k.a. 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.”
In the transcript, Hogan does acknowledge his words are racist, much like his apology today. He told PEOPLE, “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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
In addition, he looked to religion in midst of his scandal and tweeted to his fans.
Hogan’s lawyer claims his client ended the WWE relationship himself. Attorney David Houston told PEOPLE that the wrestler resigned last night (July 23) for the sake his family and the organization. Hogan is also dealing with a lawsuit against Gawker for publishing parts of his sex tape.