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article imageWWE fires Hulk Hogan, star wrestler apologizes for racist rant

By Caroline Leopold     Jul 25, 2015 in Entertainment
The WWE terminated megastar wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) on Friday and, minutes afterward, a tabloid claimed that the star made a racist tirade, which had been caught on tape.
Hulk Hogan's career imploded Friday when the WWE fired him and he apologized for offensive remarks he made that were released online.
The events of Hogan's demise began in the morning with the termination. WWE.com posted a brief statement: "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."
Only minutes later, the National Enquirer and Radar Online, published an story online that Hogan had made racist statements during pillow talk with Heather Clem. The encounter had been covertly recorded and is at the center of a court battle.
The racist comments came from an unauthorized sex tape of Hogan and Heather Clem, who, at the time, was married to Hogan's best friend — radio host Bubba the Love Sponge. According to the Wrestling Observer, the tape is believed to be from 2006 and resurfaced in 2012.
The leaking of the sex tape led to Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media, which posted a one-minute excerpt from the tape on the Gawker website in October 2012. Hogan refuses to settle the case and it is likely the case will go to trial later this year.
The media has speculated whether Gawker is behind the leak. “I have my suspicions, as you can imagine,” Hogan's lawyer David Houston told FOX411. “If I can find out it is Gawker who leaked the transcripts, we will bury them.” Gawker denies any involvement with the leak.
Hogan made a statement, acknowledging the offensive remarks, to People.
"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."
After Hogan’s termination, the WWE removed his profile from its websites and Hogan’s merchandise from the company’s online store.
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