Hulk Hogan is ranting again, but this time his target is Gawker CEO Nick Denton. Hogan is claiming that Denton released his now-infamous n-word laced video in retaliation for a lawsuit the pro-wrestler had filed against Gawker, TMZ reports.
The Hulk Hogan tape, shot in 2012, shows the former pro-wrestler having sex with a friend’s wife, Heather Clem. It was originally posted on Gawker, but has since been removed because of the litigation.
In another part of the video that was previously unpublished, Hogan goes on a rant where he repeatedly drops the n-word. Hogan is saying that Gawker leaked information about that part of the video. Hogan claims that the judge in his $100 million lawsuit made the “n-word” rant confidential, and Gawker violated that decision. The wrestler claims that Gawker released the Hulk Hogan tape to another media outlet, who made the rant public.
According to TMZ, after the publication of the racist rant, which centered around the fact that his daughter, Brooke Hogan, was dating a black man, Hulk Hogan apologized.
“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.” Hogan said.
“I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard.”
In the video, Hogan can be heard saying making outrageously offensive remarks like, “I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f**king n**gers.”
But, the Hulkster didn’t stop there.
“I mean I’d rather if she was going to f**k some n**ger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot tall n**ger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player.”
The slur-ridden Hulk Hogan video has led to some nasty consequences. The WWE fired him because of the offensive comments, Radar Online reports.
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea [Hulk Hogan],” the company admitted in a statement. “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
Since the rant was made public, Hogan has filed new court documents calling for an investigation into Nick Denton and former Gawker exec A.J. Daulerio to prove they leaked confidential information from the sex tape video, including the n-word story. If they’re found culpable in leaking the confidential Hulk Hogan tape, the veteran wrestler wants them all to go to jail. If that happens, Hogan also wants to be named the winner of the $100 million lawsuit.
Gawker‘s spokespeople have not officially responded to Hulk Hogan and his claims.
Gawker has responded to Hulk Hogan’s claims and denied any involvement in the leak.
“Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information,” said Heather Dietrick, President and General Counsel of Gawker.
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