Hulk Hogan broke his silence on Monday about revelations of racist comments he made, vowing he’s not a racist and asking fans for forgiveness.
“I’m not a racist, I never should have said what I said; it was wrong, I’m embarrassed by it,” the wrestling legend told “Good Morning America,” adding he grew up in an environment where the N-word was tossed around casually.
“The word was just thrown around like it was nothing,” he said. Hogan also said the tape of him using racial slurs about his daughter’s boyfriend occurred during a rough patch . “I was at the lowest point of my life to the point where I wanted to kill myself,” Hogan said. He asked fans for forgiveness.
“Oh, my gosh. Please forgive me. Please forgive me,” he said. “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.”
Hogan teared up after Amy Robach mentioned his daughter Brooke’s support: “She’s been so supportive … she instantly said ‘I don’t even need to forgive you ’cause I’m not mad at you. I love you. You’re my dad,'” he said.
The WWE wasn’t so forgiving, firing Hogan after his racist comments came out. Parting ways with the wrestling giant he helped build was a big hit for Hogan.
“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,” he said.
“If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and let’s just say in high school, you may have said one bad thing and all of a sudden, your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said 10 or 20 years ago, it’d be a sad world. People get better every day. People get better, Hogan concluded.
His lawsuit against Gawker will go to court in early 2016. The website didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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