Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was fired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on Friday, July 24. A video footage of Hogan saying the N-word surfaced on Gawker, which prompted The National Enquirer and Radar Online to run articles on him. Hogan has since apologized for his racist remarks.
“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,” said the WWE in a statement on Friday.
Hogan’s photos and information have all been removed from WWE’s official website. He was also removed from the WWE Hall of Fame, from which he was inducted in 2005 by Sylvester Stallone. Hogan told the public that he said the N-word eight years ago “during a conversation.”
“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," said 61-year-old Hogan.
Hogan admitted that it was unacceptable to have used that word and that it is inexcusable. He once again apologized to the public for his speech. He thanked his fans, friends, family members, and business partners for their support on Twitter.