On Friday, Hulk Hogan was removed from WWE television and WWE.com and his contract was officially terminated by the company. According to a joint investigation by the National Enquirer and Radar Online, the reason Hogan was let go is because a portion of his unauthorized sex tape (the release of which is currently the subject of a lawsuit between Hogan and Gawker) includes a racist tirade.
While Gawker had revealed portions of the sex tape, the full recording was presumably a part of an FBI extortion investigation that Gawker had been petitioning to be unsealed for the lawsuit.
According to the Enquirer's sources, Hogan said the following to Heather Clem on the sex tape, while venting frustrations about his daughter Brooke taking "sides" with a black investor, who was helping her music career.
"I don't know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy's son," Hulk raved, the sources add.
"I mean, I don't have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever."
Then, in a tirade to rival the racism embarrassments suffered by Mel Gibson and "Dog The Bounty Hunter," Hulk unloaded even more hatred!
According to sources, he said: "I mean, I'd rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!
"I guess we're all a little racist. Fucking n*gger."
Hogan has now apologized for those remarks. The WWE had previously stuck with Hogan through a 2012 interview when he used the n-word and the bulk of his sex tape scandal, but these latest developments appear to have forced their hand, cutting ties with arguably their biggest star ever and citing a tolerance policy.
Bay News 9 has also uncovered racist comments made by Hogan and his son, Nick, on a series of phone calls while the latter was incarcerated in 2008. These phone calls include the following exchanges, among others:
Hogan calls his son the "n" word and Nick does not repeat that exact word.
"You and me been sitting on some serious phone, phone dialogue here n---a," Hogan said.
"Yeah, nibb-ah," Nick said.
"N---a, n---a, that means, that means you (are) my best friend," said Hogan.
Nick was serving an eight month sentence for a car crash that left his friend, John Graziano, permanently disabled. In another phone call, Hogan talks about God and re-incarnation.
"You know that God gave you this vibe and this, this, energy that you and I are going to live forever, bro," he said. "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?"
"Brutal," Nick responded after they both laughed.
Hogan had been serving as a judge on Tough Enough and as an ambassador for the WWE. He has since been replaced as a judge by a series of rotating guests.