Hulk Hogan is heard using the n-word and bragging about being “a racist to a point” in newly released audio from his infamous sex tape.
The audio came from the 2006 sex tape first posted by Gawker. Reports of his alleged use of the n-word first hit the news in 2012, but the audio itself had not emerged until this week, when it was leaked to the internet by Death and Taxes.
In the audio, Hulk Hogan can be heard talking about a black man who was dating his daughter, Brooke. Hogan used the n-word in referring to him and admitted that he held some racist views.
“So it gets to the point where…I dunno if (daughter) Brooke was f—–g the black guy’s son, or they’ve been hanging out,” Hogan said (via the New York Daily News). “I caught them holding hands together on the tour.”
“They were getting close to kind of (INAUDIBLE) the f—–g (INAUDIBLE). I’m not a double-standard type of guy,” he continued. “I’m a racist to a point, y’know, f—–g n—–s — but then, when it comes to nice people…”
Hogan added that he didn’t necessarily have a problem with his daughter dating a black man, just not her boyfriend in particular.
“I don’t give a f–k if she (INAUDIBLE) an 8-foot tall basketball player,” he says on the recording. “If we’re gonna f–k with n—–s, let’s get a rich one!”
The 62-year-old wrestling legend, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was recently awarded $140 million for emotional distress, economic damages, and punitive damages from Gawker Media, which posted the sex tape and refused to take it down after a judge’s order. The company has filed for an appeal.
Hulk Hogan has already admitted to using the n-word, saying in an interview with Good Morning America last year that he was not a racist but should have never said the word. The wrestling legend added that he grew up in a low-income part of Tampa, Florida, where the use of the word was common and even used as a greeting among his friends.
“I think if you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body,” he said.
The revelation sunk Hogan’s relationship with the WWE, prompting the organization to sever ties and erase all mentions of him from their website.
Wrestling News Source noted at the time that the WWE’s response was immediate and severe.
“On WWE.com, Hogan is no longer listed on the WWE Hall of Fame page, and all of his merchandise has also been removed from WWEShop.com. The only thing currently remaining that mentions Hogan involves WWE’s upcoming Australian tour, which Hogan was scheduled to take part in as General Manager. However, when any attempt to access this page is made, a message appears stating ‘you are not authorized to access this page.'”
But Hulk Hogan has seen his career slowly recover since his verdict against Gawker Media. A source told E! News that Hogan feels vindicated by the verdict and has been spending most of his time with his wife and family, “just taking a breath for a minute.” The source added that Hogan has seen an “uptick” in work, with many of his longtime sponsors standing by him. One of those sponsors, LoanMart, even announced a new “creative collaboration” with Hogan that will include a new slate of ads.
Hulk Hogan has also repaired ties with the WWE, and there are reports that he may appear in next year’s WrestleMania 33.
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