A little under a month ago we began following a story that wrestling legend, Hulk Hogan, has been using the ‘N’ word and even dropped it in an exclusive interview on satellite radio. After that interview leaked where he used the racial slur, he was immediately suspended from the WWE and shamed by many of his peers. After the slander began to fly in, Hogan went on Good Morning America to ask for forgiveness for using that term:
Hogan said he had “no idea” that he was being taped, explaining: “I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know?”
He described how he sat in his bathroom by himself, his estranged wife and children gone.
“I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost,” he said.
Asked whether he was suicidal, Hogan replied, “Yes, I was.”
Then Robach asked: “Are you a racist?”
“I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” he said, but added: “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.”
He added that the word was “just thrown around like it was nothing.”
Asked whether it was fair to say that he inherited a racial bias, Hogan agreed that he did.
“I would say that is very fair. The … the environment I grew up in in south Tampa and all my white friends, all my black friends, to hear the word on a daily basis when they’d greet me in the morning, that’s what they’d say to me, ‘Good morning,’ so-and-so,” he said. “I think that was part of the culture and the environment I grew up in and I think that’s fair to say.”
As for his fans who may feel let down by his actions, Hogan asked for forgiveness.