WWE terminates wrestler Hulk Hogan’s contract

Posted on July 24, 2015

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by Alex JS, editing by Adam MS

Update (5pm) ===

Hulk Hogan’s lawyer: If Gawker leaked my client’s transcript ‘we will bury them’

Hulk Hogan and WWE announced they had cut ties on Friday after a transcript from a 2006 video in which he freely used the “n-word” was leaked.

The transcript was contained in a sealed deposition that is part of a $100 million lawsuit Hogan filed against the gossip site Gawker for posting online a video of him having sex with a friend’s ex-wife. The sex video in question is the same recording on which he made the leaked racist statements.

Hogan has refused to settle with Gawker, and the lawsuit will likely go to trial later this year. Originally set for July 6, the trial was postponed earlier this month after the 2nd District Court of Appeals filed a proceeding regarding trial rules, stating that some of the defense motions were filed too close to its scheduled start date.

The timing of the leak has at least one person suspicious: Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston.

“I have my suspicions, as you can imagine,” Houston told FOX News. “If I can find out it is Gawker who leaked the transcripts, we will bury them.”

Gawker President and General Counsel Heather Dietrick denied the site had anything to do with the leak.

“Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information,” she said in a statement to FOX News.

Civil rights attorney Ameer Benno, who is not involved in the lawsuit, said there are a few things that could happen if Gawker is proven to be behind the leak.

“If it was Hogan’s adversary in litigation — Gawker — then the court has discretion to impose a range of sanctions against Gawker,” Benno explained. “At one extreme, the court could strike Gawker’s answer in the case, thereby awarding Hogan the equivalent of a default judgment. As a middle ground, the court could penalize Gawker by precluding it from introducing certain evidence or making certain arguments at trial in support of its defenses.”

According to the transcript published by Radar Online and the National Inquirer, Hogan said on the recording, referring to his daughter: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player…I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r.”

Houston said Hogan asked him to tell his fans that he is “devastated” by his past actions and “sincerely apologizes to his family, friends and fans.”

“He is not a racist,” said Houston. “His history defines him as something different.”

New update (11.50AM) ===

Hogan released a statement to People.com apologizing for his actions: “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 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.” Read the full statement.

below is the original article ===

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has terminated its contract with Hulk Hogan, amid widespread allegations he was recorded using racist slurs.

Hogan debuted in 1977 and is one of the best-known names in the industry.

A statement from the WWE gave no reason for the dismissal and there has been no comment yet from the wrestling star.

RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer earlier reported on a sex tape in which Hogan allegedly used racist insults.

“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan),” the company said in a statement.

“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

While there has been no comment yet from Hogan’s representatives, he left a cryptic tweet early on Friday.

A tweet from wrestler Hulk Hogan

image:Getty

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