WrestlingInc.com — In a developing situation, it appears as if WWE Hall of Famer and current Tough Enough judge Hulk Hogan has parted way with the company. The reason stems from rumors of a tape existing featuring Hogan allegedly going on a racial tirade.
Hulk Hogan‘s profile has been removed from the Alumni section of WWE’s website, all of his merchandise has been removed from WWEShop.com, and Hogan has been removed from the cast listing on Tough Enough’s website. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer noted that the WWE Website was told to remove all references to him. …
Update: While it’s unclear if this is the audio in question, here’s an interview of Hogan using some racial terms rather liberally, including him talking about the infamous promo Booker T cut on him:
Is it possible for me to believe in anything anymore? My government has let me down. My church. Every social and cultural institution in my life has been discredited in one way or another. And now we find out the most popular and well-known person in WWE history went off on an insane, profane, racist rant three years ago. Hulk Hogan, of all people, has been turned into a wrestling version of an Orwellian UnPerson (relevant parts begin at about 2:30 into the video then get much, much worse). Is there no end to the disillusionment?
I’d never defend anyone being racist, obviously. And something else might come out that will make more sense of this. For now, I still find it hard to believe that after decades in the public eye that Hulk Hogan carry hatred toward his fellow man. This is the hero who’s been a positive role model for young people. Who’s inspired generations of kids to say their prayers, respect their parents and eat their vegetables. He’s met with world leaders. The giants of the entertainment industry. Iconic athletes. Hell, he made a superstar out of non-descript Patriots backup tight end Mathew Mulligan:
It’s hard to reconcile how any man that gracious and magnanimous, who’s been a symbol for everything that is good about ‘Merica for almost 30 years, would have malice in his heart. But his words are his words. Hopefully we’ll find this is all a big misunderstanding. Or in a perfect world, the Hulkster is bringing back the N.W.O. Because as sad as that would be, it’s better than living in a world where he’s a racist. I’ve been disappointed enough for one lifetime.
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“Congratulations to the guys that go,” he said of the Hall, which will welcome fellow Sox legend Pedro Martinez this weekend. “It doesn’t really make a difference in my life, not that it would matter.”
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has never received more than 37.6 percent of votes (75 percent is needed for induction) despite his 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. He said he appreciates those who have written his name on the ballot but claims it’s not a big deal to him.
“It’s not something that I went to, to play — play the game to make the Hall of Fame. It was the furthest thing from my mind. I played the game because I loved to play it,” Clemens said.
“I knew early in my career that once I seized that moment that I could make a little money and take care of my family. Then it started to get to a World Series and playoffs in Boston and the history that came along with it. That’s really it.”
— Another player likely to be kept out of the Hall is Alex Rodriguez, who continues to have a stellar comeback season, helping the first-place Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday for a sweep of their three-game series.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre credits Rodriguez for turning things around after missing last season while on suspension for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal.
“I think what’s surprising is Alex,” Torre said from a charity golf tournament in New York on Thursday. “I’m happy for him. Miss a whole year at that age — there was never an issue of his ability to work at it. But with all the physical problems that he’s had and missing a year, it’s been, I think, remarkable how consistent he’s been and his power numbers.”
Torre, now an MLB executive, said Rodriguez called him in January as he reached out to people in baseball trying to mend fences before his comeback. Torre, in his autobiography “The Yankee Years,” was critical of A-Rod, but he says they now are “friendly.”
“I had heard that he was calling some people, so I really wasn’t surprised,” Torre said of their offseason conversation. “Actually, it started out with a text and he asked me if it would be all right to call me. I said, ‘Sure, anytime.’ I’m there for any player who wants to pick my brain over anything and for any team. He had some issues with what he thought I said in the past. I think he just wanted to make sure that all the air was clear. He asked about some advice and I said, ‘Just go play baseball.’ ”
Added Torre: “He paid his debt. He was suspended. He did that. Hopefully he learned something from it. He’s been determined to come back and play the game that he’s loved. I know baseball’s been a huge part of his life. He just craves it. He’s been a force, no question. People in New York love it. That’s what’s important for us. Once people pay their penalty, you can’t root against them. It’s not the right thing to do.”
During his midday show, Cowherd was trying to make a point that baseball is a relatively easy sport to manage. He went on to say:
“The game is too complex? Like, I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball is just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball is like any sport, it’s mostly instincts.”
After Cowherd’s comment made it around the web, Bautista, a Dominican native, tweeted: Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.
Cowherd is headed to Fox Sports when his contract with ESPN expires later this year. He discussed his departure during Wednesday’s show, crediting ESPN for taking a chance on him in 2003 and calling his stint with the company “the best 10 years of my life.”
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