So, here is the official statement from the WWE on their relationship - or rather, termination of - with Hulk Hogan:
"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."
So, yup the rumours were true. This all comes about because of audio of The Hulkster going on a pretty awful racial tirade. And where does the audio come from?
Well, you know that Hulk Hogan sex tape - whose release is the reason behind a lawsuit between him and Gawker? Well, said sex tape also includes said racial tirade in which Hogan is talking to Heather Clem (the women he has sex with on the tape) about his frustration about his daughter Brooke...
"I guess we’re all a little racist.”
“She is making some real bad decisions now. My daughter Brooke jumped sides on me. I spent $2-3 million on her music career, I’ve done everything like a jackass for her.”
“The one option Brooke had, Brooke’s career besides me, is [to] sell beach records.”
“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son.”
“I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n***ers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever.”
“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n***er, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. f–king n***er."
Hogan has since released a statement of apology:
"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…”
“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.”