WWE axes Hulk Hogan’s contract in wake of ‘racial slur’ allegations

Hogan has since apologised for using 'offensive' language 'inconsistent with my own beliefs'

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has terminated its contract with Hulk Hogan in the wake of allegations that the 12-time world champion has been recorded using a notorious racial slur on several occasions.

WWE did not mention Hogan’s alleged language specifically, but said in a statement earlier today (July 24): “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

Meanwhile, Hogan’s page on the WWE website has been stripped of content and his name has been removed from a list of judges on WWE’s reality show Tough Enough. A cryptic tweet posted by 61-year-old Hogan earlier today appears to reference the controversy caused by his alleged use of the racial slur.

Hogan has since released a statement apologising for his use of “offensive language”, saying: “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 apologise for having done it.”

“This is not who I am,” Hogan’s statement continues. “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.”