We weren’t the only ones perplexed by Hulk Hogan going all N-word on us a while ago, which is why he had to sit down with “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach yesterday morning and explain himself — if you call growing up in a rough, low-income neighborhood an explanation for using racial epithets.

After saying he was “to the point where I wanted to kill myself” when he was caught on tape making extremely inflammatory statements about his daughter Brooke dating some black guy, Robach asked Hogan point-blank if he’s a racist. He responded:

“I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it. People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low-income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word.”

Asked whether he thought it would be fair to say he inherited a racial bias, Hulk added:

“I would say that is very fair. The environment I grew up in south Tampa and all my white friends, all my black friends, to hear the word on a daily basis when they’d greet me in the morning, that’s what they’d say to me, ‘Good morning,’ so-and-so. I think that was part of the culture and the environment I grew up in and I think that’s fair to say.”

One might be inclined to believe that if Hogan’s use of the N-word didn’t conveniently reemerge at the thought of his daughter “f*cking the black guy’s son,” as he said in the leaked tapes. I highly doubt he said what’s up my n*gga to Dennis Rodman and all the other people of color who defended him after the backlash. Racist or not, Hogan quickly turned into a beggar when Robach brought up the former WWE wrestler’s fans.

“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.”


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  • Me

    One day someone is gonna come out after a situation like this and finally say “Yes, I was being racist at that time and that was how I was feeling when I said what I said. Black people have every right to write me off because I have written them off in my past and I deserve to be treated the same way I treat them. I don’t deserve to be forgiven because I had no right to hurt people with my prejudice. I will accept the consequences of my actions without insulting people with any fake apologies.” When that day comes, THEN I’ll wanna know what that person has to say in some interview. Until then, these undercover racists can kick rocks with their faux-pologies.

  • [email protected]

    He is a grown man. If a black person said an anti-Semitic slur or any slur about a background of people, the public mostly will say to that person, kick rocks. He is beyond 50 years old and he should know that the word has a negative connotation. Also, just because you live in a certain neighborhood or in an environment, doesn’t mean that someone has lax character. There are many people with great character and won’t say the N word in many neighborhoods (irrespective of income level). In his comments, he doesn’t take direct responsibility for his actions. That’s not surprising. Part of being a human being is to take responsibility for your own actions if someone done something wrong (and not blame others). This story is a reminder that racial hatred and other evils will never lead into justice. Justice is won by hard working, perseverance, and activism. As Randy Savage said before (in a song), Be a Man Hogan. LOL.

  • noirluv45

    Maybe someone can answer this question: If calling Black people “N’s” and making other derogatory statements about us isn’t “racist,” then what the hell is?

    • Mary Burrell

      Because that’s what him and his friends called each other in their low income neighborhood

    • noirluv45

      Girl, why am I tempted to tell him to have several seats? SMH.

  • Mary Burrell

    I wish he would have just admitted “yes I am a racist ” than that lame excuse he gave.

    • Mico

      I may be mistaken but I think he did admit to being a racist when he was ranting about how he didn’t want his daughter dating a black guy. I think he is only backtracking now because of the backlash and how its affecting his money.

  • Mali Lawrence

    ok paula deen jr simmer down with your mayo tears. just own your sh*t so we can avoid you like the plague.