World wrestling champion Hulk Hogan asked the audience of Good Morning America for forgiveness for his racist comments he made in a video that was leaked in public last summer. The video is believed to have been recorded between 2006 and 2007.
“Oh, my gosh. Please forgive me. Please forgive me,” he said. “I think if you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body.”
“I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” he said. “People need to realize that 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 was wiped from the WWE’s Hall of Fame last month after his use of the racial slur was revealed.