WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo, reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, looks on as his attorney speaks during a news at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. Hogan is suing Gawker for invasion of privacy, after the New York-based website published a tape of Hogan having sex with his then-best friend's wife. The trial starts Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Terry Bollea, known as Hulk Hogan, AP Photo

Wrestling fans around the world were scratching their heads late Thursday night, as news reports surfaced that World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. had erased nearly all references of famous grappler Hulk Hogan from its web site.

Friday morning, it appears we know why. News reports have come down stating the National Enquirer is set to release an audio recording of Terry Bollea, known commonly by his famous wrestling moniker, making racist comments.

A report from MediaTakeOut.com said the tape was discovered during Hogan’s pending lawsuit with Gawker Media. The tape allegedly was sold to the National Enquirer for an undisclosed amount of money.

On the tape, he allegedly repeatedly uses the n-word and posts that if his daughter, Brooke, “was going to (have sex with) some (n-word), I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall (n-word) worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!”

Hogan posted a cryptic tweet early Friday morning. Then, in a statement to People magazine on Friday, Hogan apologized for using “offensive language and said there was no excuse for it.

Hulk tweet

WWE has confirmed it has terminated its contract with Hogan. WWE said in a statement:

“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.”

Hogan is involved in a legal battle with website Gawker. Hogan is suing Gawker after it published parts of a sex video in 2012. He seeks $100 million from Gawker for posting the video of him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan’s one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Gawker says it had the right to publish the edited video because Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video’s release, which made the story newsworthy.

Hogan has strong ties to the Tampa Bay area. He raised his family here and has two businesses here; Hogan’s Beach restaurant in Tampa and Hogan’s Beach Shop retail store at Clearwater Beach. Hogan studied at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida, according to Biography.com.

Hulk Hogan attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront at The Javits Center on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Hulk Hogan attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront at The Javits Center on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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