Friday 22 September 2017

WWE fires wrestling legend Hulk Hogan after racist rant

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Hulk Hogan at a Video Game Awards ceremony in December 2011 in Culver City, California
Hulk Hogan and his wife Linda have agreed on the terms of their divorce. Photo: Getty Images
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One of the most iconic wrestlers of all-time Hulk Hogan has been fired by the WWE and has been removed from the hall of fame after being caught on tape using racial slurs.

Hogan first took to the ring in 1977, but now is longer listed as a WWE alumni or hall of famer, while Hulk Hogan merchandise has been withdrawn in the fall-out of the controversy. He has also been removed from the official website.

Hogan has apologised for the racist incident which took place eight years ago, admitting it was "unacceptable" language.

"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.

Hulk Hogan at a Video Game Awards ceremony in December 2011 in Culver City, California
Hulk Hogan at a Video Game Awards ceremony in December 2011 in Culver City, California

“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.”

The WWE released their own statement to confirm the cancellation of Hogan's contract.

“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.”

In the glory days of "Hulkamania", Hogan was a multiple winner of the WWE's top titles, as well as serving a successful stint in rival WCW.

He returned to the WWE last year for the fourth time after more than six years away from the organisation.

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