A short time after Hulk Hogan was exposed for going on a racist rant on a 2007 sex tape earlier this summer, the iconic WWE wrestler issued a statement apologizing for what he did. But obviously, it didn’t have much of an impact on people since his comments were still so fresh on their minds.
Now, Hogan is trying to win back the general public by going on an apologetic press tour that will include interviews with Good Morning America, People, and more. Early this morning, his interview with GMA aired and, in it, Hogan can be heard apologizing and, to some degree, trying to justify his racist words on the tape.
“I’m not a racist,” he said during the interview, “but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it. People need to realize 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.”
Hogan went on to say that he doesn’t feel he should be judged based solely on his rant.
“If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said, and let’s just say in high school, you may have said one bad thing and all of a sudden, your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said ten or 20 years ago,” he said, “it’d be a sad world. People get better every day. People get better.”
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