Brooke Hogan has penned a long poem in defense of her father Hulk Hogan after the wrestler was suddenly fired by WWE over some admittedly racist comments he made in 2006. In the Facebook post titled “If You Knew My Father,” Brooke Hogan asks for forgiveness for her father, writing “Human isn’t perfect, and perfect is not he, but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.”
“For those who think you know my father, remember who you are. We all can make mistakes and carry ugly scars,” she continued (via Us Weekly). “Because I know my father, I can promise this – Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip. We all continue learning. This life can be so rough… So if you know my father, please try not to be tough.” A collage of photos showing the wrestler and his daughter as well as Hulk Hogan’s charitable endeavors accompanied the Facebook post.
“If you knew my father, if you just walked in his shoes… then you would know that microscope that comes with yellow boots,” Brooke Hogan added.
Hogan’s racist comments were uncovered in a transcript stemming from the wrestler’s $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media. In the recording, Hogan is heard talking about how his daughter Brooke was dating the son of a “black billionaire.” “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to fuck some nigger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall nigger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player,” Hogan said, according to the National Enquirer. He then admitted, “I am racist, to a point, fucking niggers.”
Late Thursday night, the wrestler cryptically tweeted, “In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love,” which first hinted that something was awry. Rumors of Hogan’s racist rant began to circulate after the WWE quietly began scrubbing all mention of the wrestler – one of the company’s most recognizable and famous talents – off their official website. Hogan’s page on the WWE Hall of Fame was taken down and all of his merchandise was pulled from the online store. Hogan was also removed from the judges list for the reality show Tough Enough.
“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the company said in a statement after “terminating” Hogan’s contract.
“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,” Hogan said in a statement Friday. “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.”