Hulk Hogan apologises for 'unacceptable' language as WWE sacks iconic wrestler
Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan has apologised for his "unacceptable" language 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to the ring in 1977, but now is longer listed as a WWE alumni or hall of famer, while Hulk Hogan merchandise has been withdrawn in the fall-out of the controversy.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.
"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.”