Sunday, the WWE announced the reinstatement of former 6-time WWE Champion Hulk Hogan into their Hall of Fame. Hogan was fired from the company after a tape surfaced with Hogan uttering the n-word in a racist rant:
“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son…I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*****. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever….I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n****, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!
I guess we’re all a little racist. F*cking n*****.”
As soon as the 2006 tape was released to the public, the WWE banished Hogan and ended a 35-year relationship where Hogan wound up becoming the face of professional wrestling in North America in the ’80s and arguably the most popular wrestler of all-time.
The WWE released a statement:
“After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.”