Hulk Hogan attempted to rebuild his image during an interview with the Buffalo News this week.
WWE disassociated with Hogan and deleted references online to him being a Hall of Famer when, in 2015, stories surfaced of racist comments by Hogan when he was in his mid-50s. He is now 64.
The New York Daily News characterized his comments as “abhorrent racial slurs.” They were uttered when his guard was down in 2007 during what he thought was a private situation. He said to friends during a sexual situation in a bedroom, “I am a racist, to a point, f— n——.” When discussing his daughter’s boyfriend, he said: “I don’t give a f–k if she (INAUDIBLE) an eight-foot tall basketball player. If we’re gonna f–k with n—–s, let’s get a rich one!”
Another instance of racially charged comments came out when a transcript was released, also in 2015, of Hogan telling his son Nick in a 2008 conversation when his son was in jail that if he and his son were reincarnated, “I just hope we don’t come back as a couple, I don’t want to say it, blizz-ack gizz-uys, you know what I’m saying?” A more detailed transcript was reported by BayNews9 in 2015.
Hogan characterized those two incidents in a Buffalo News article this week as “misspoken words” and claimed only a “few fans… feel hurt” by what he said. “I’m human being like anybody else, and sometimes, people make mistakes,” he said. “When they do, you watch that person a little bit more closely than you did before to see what kind of person they really are. I just want people to judge me by my actions, not a few misspoken words. To those few fans who feel (hurt), I’m forever sorry, and I’ll do whatever I can to make them feel comfortable with me.”
Hogan has made it clear he is seeking a full embrace by WWE which has kept him at more than arm’s length since the racist comments surfaced. He said it’s not done until it’s done. “Until you hit a home run, it’s not a home run,” he said. “All these things say it’s imminent or rumors, that’s like saying ‘maybe, possibly, could be.’ Until I’m back home with the WWE, I’m not home. Hopefully some day I can go back home and be with my family, the wrestlers and all the people I love. I just really, really hope it happens.”