Hulk Hogan is one of the most iconic stars in the history of WWE, but the sports entertainment giant parted ways with the Immortal One on Friday, after reports emerged of the wrestler making racially insensitive statements. WWE released a statement confirming the decision, per Darren Rovell of ESp:
‘WWE confirms it has terminated its deal with Hulk Hogan’.
According to TMZ.com, Hogan’s lawyer says the wrestler resigned his position on thursday night.
Hogan provided an apology in an exclusive with People.com:
‘Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it’. ‘This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs’.
The move came after many noticed Hogan was being cleaned from the WWE website. According to Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead, WWE has deleted all mentions of Hogan from WWE.com and removed his merchandise from its online shop.