Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has referred to his racist comments as a mere speed bump in his life. Back in 2015, an audio recording from 2007 surfaced in which Hogan used racial slurs, leading to his contract termination by the WWE. After issuing an apology and seeking forgiveness, Hogan was reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 and has since made several appearances for the company.
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During an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Hogan was asked about concerns regarding the potential erasure of his legacy due to his racial comments and other controversies. He responded by downplaying their significance and asserting that they did not reflect his true character.
“At one point, I wondered where this whole situation was heading and what its impact would be on my legacy,” Hogan admitted. “But at the end of the day, the Hulk Hogan brand had garnered so much goodwill over the years, and people knew me so well. I’ve been around for over 40 years, and individuals like Mike Tyson, Brutus Beefcake, Vince McMahon, Verne Gagne, and Bret Hart can vouch for my true character.”
He continued, “The racial remarks and the controversies were just temporary setbacks. They don’t define who I am, and deep down, everyone knew that. It was a difficult time, but what really affected me were the series of surgeries I underwent in the last decade. That was the major concern.”
Hogan went on to describe the challenges he faced during his back surgeries, recounting a moment when he was told he might never walk again. However, he expressed gratitude for the support he received from numerous individuals who stood by him. He also expressed his appreciation for the unwavering loyalty of his fans.
“Being told that you may never walk again after a back surgery can really mess with your head,” Hogan shared. “But as for everything else, I had a strong support system by my side. People who truly knew me stayed loyal, and I’m incredibly touched by the way my fans have stood by me.”
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