An audio recording of pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan purportedly using the N-word has surfaced (video below).
The audio reportedly came from an interview on the Sirius XM radio show "Whoolywood Shuffle" hosted by DJ Whoo Kid in 2012.
According to The Daily Beast, Hogan recalled when a black wrestler, Booker T, called him the N-word on TV, and how celebrities he knew in Miami — The Game, Lil Wayne, The Birdman — also called him the N-word, but how he wasn't allowed to use it.
In a separate incident, the National Enquirer reports that Hogan used the N-word during a private conversation with Heather Clem, with whom he was allegedly involved romantically, about his daughter Brooke:
"I don't know if Brooke was f------ the black guy's son. I mean, I don't have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f----- n------. But then, when it comes to nice people and s---, and whatever.
"I mean, I'd rather if she was going to f--- some n------, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n------ worth a $100 million! Like a basketball player! I guess we're all a little racist. F------ n-------."
The WWE, the wrestling organization that Hogan has been a part of for decades, issued this statement to Salon.com on July 24:
"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 response, Hogan issued a statement to People about the National Enquirer story:
"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.
"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."
Hogan also tweeted early on July 24, "In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH."
WrestlingNewsSource reports WWE removed mentions of Hogan from its website, the site's Hall of Fame listing and merchandise.
WARNING: Contains strong language and racial slurs.