WWE announced this afternoon that his three-year suspension from the WWE Hall of Fame has been lifted. Hogan subsequently has met with the WWE locker room and Tweeted about it.
“Just met with the WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming,” he said. “I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the WWE Universe, brother HH.”
Just met with the @WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming. I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the #WWEUNIVERSE brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 15, 2018
BREAKING: After a three-year suspension, @HulkHogan has been reinstated into the @WWE Hall of Fame. https://t.co/SxwUms9Yet
— WWE (@WWE) July 15, 2018
WWE disassociated with Hogan and deleted references online to him being a Hall of Famer when, in 2015, stories surfaced of racist comments by Hogan when he was in his mid-50s. He is now 64.
The New York Daily News characterized his comments as “abhorrent racial slurs.” They were uttered when his guard was down in 2007 during what he thought was a private situation. He said to friends during a sexual situation in a bedroom, “I am a racist, to a point, f— n——.” When discussing his daughter’s boyfriend, he said: “I don’t give a f–k if she (INAUDIBLE) an eight-foot tall basketball player. If we’re gonna f–k with n—–s, let’s get a rich one!”
Another instance of racially charged comments came out when a transcript was released, also in 2015, of Hogan telling his son Nick in a 2008 conversation when his son was in jail that if he and his son were reincarnated, “I just hope we don’t come back as a couple, I don’t want to say it, blizz-ack gizz-uys, you know what I’m saying?” A more detailed transcript was reported by BayNews9 in 2015.
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