Brooke Hogan is defending her father Hulk Hogan after he was fired by WWE.
Following the news that her father had been fired for allegedly being racist, Brooke took to Facebook in defense of her father, posting a lengthy poem titled “If You Knew My Father,” which she penned under her birth name, Brooke Boella. Along with the poem, Brooke shared a photo collage of her and her father, featuring numerous black and white photos.
Below is an excerpt from the poem.
“If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know his tender heart.
He’d never want to hurt his fans,
or family from the start.
If you knew my father,
you would know how hard he fought…
and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.
We always fight a battle
that people never see,
and sometimes when you’re hurting, you don’t think logically.
Human isn’t perfect,
and perfect is not he,
but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.
Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well.
He taught me folks are so much more
than shades could ever tell.”
WWE fired Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, on Friday, July 24, after audio was released of the wrestler repeatedly dropping the N-bomb. The story came to light after Gawker released the audio of a sex tape of Hulk and a woman where the racial epithet was muttered by Hulk several times while they were discussing Brooke’s choice of men. Gawker has since filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Hogan.
“I’d rather if she f*** some n*****, I’d rather her marry an eight-foot-tall n***** worth a $100 million! Like a basketball player,” Hogan can be heard saying in the audio recording.
Since the news of Hulk’s alleged racism broke, he has apologized, saying that he should have known better than to use that kind of offensive language, and that his words do not depict who he is or his beliefs.
“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.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, on Friday, WWE released a statement, saying that they had decided to terminate their contract with Terry Bollea. Not only that, they deleted everything with his name on it off of their webpage, including his Hall of Fame website. He will also no longer appear as a judge on WWE’s Tough Enough.
“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.”
While WWE says they fired Hogan, his lawyer David Houston confirmed to People Magazine that he resigned so that he didn’t have to put his family through anything more than he had to.
What do you think about Brooke Hogan’s poem she used to defend her father? Do you think Hogan is a racist? Leave your comments below.
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