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Hulk Hogan is not a racist - Dennis Rodman jumps to defence of under-fire wrestler

Published 26/07/2015 | 16:50

Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman
Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman

Former NBA legend Dennis Rodman has launched a defence of under-fire wrestler Hulk Hogan, insisting the sacked WWE star is no racist.

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The Hulkster was booted out of the WWE and stripped of his Hall of Fame award after a video emerged of him from eight years ago using the N word.

He has since apologised and Rodman, the man who 'went' for Today FM presenter Matt Cooper at a recent function, has now tweeted his support for Hogan.

“I’ve known @HulkHogan for 25 years,” Rodman tweeted. “... There isn’t a racist bone in that mans body.

“Lets lend our support to the Hulkster @HulkHogan who most certainly is not a racist,” added Rodman.

Only last week, Matt Cooper revealed how he was almost punched by Rodman after the basketball star downed vodka and “any drink he could get his hands on” during their high profile trip to North Korea.

Speaking ahead of the release of the movie ‘Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang’, which features the radio presenter, Cooper explained how  the former NBA star turned nasty.

“He went for me at a function,” the Today FM presenter explains, “I thought at one stage he was going to try and hit me.

“He started shouting and roaring in my face asking me what did I know about writing a book. And at this stage I hadn’t told anyone in North Korea I was writing it. As far as they were concerned I was only over there to do a documentary on the game.”

Speaking about the moment that led him to be encircled by North Korea officials as Rodman stormed off he said: “It was the scariest moment of my life. It was not a case of being afraid of Denis Rodman but I didn’t know how the North Koreans would react,” he said, adding that he could have been detained had authorities  felt threatened by his undisclosed project.

“Watching Rodman unwind is certainly another interesting aspect to the documentary.”

Hogan has since issued an apology for his racist remarks.

"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 in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE.

“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.”

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