Hulk Hogan appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ to apologize and ask for forgiveness, after he used racist language in an audio tape that leaked in July.
The former wrestler denied being a racist but did admit he inherited a racial bias while growing up in Tampa.
Hogan said he was at a really low point in his life when the audio tape was secretly recorded in 2006 or 2007.
Hogan said, “I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I wanted to kill myself.”
“Please forgive me. Please forgive me,” he continued. “I think if you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body. I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it.”
Hogan said, “People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word”.
In the tape, Hogan was heard using racial slurs while talking about the then-boyfriend of his daughter Brooke.
The tape was made public, but his daughter spoke out in her father’s defense.
Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, began to cry after he was read the poem written by his daughter.
He praised her for standing by him during the scandal, saying that if anybody should have disowned him it should have been her.
Hulk stated, “I’ve worked for the WWE for almost 30 years off and on…and then all of a sudden, everything I’ve done my whole career and my whole life was like it never happened”.
“Just because a person makes a mistake, just don’t throw them away. You don’t throw good people away,” the former wrestler added. “People get better every day.”
How many people do you hear use the N-word often? Do you think it is fair the way Hulk’s scandal was handled?
We can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.
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