If you were thinking that the embarrassing revelations would have dried up by day 6 of the Hulk Hogan racism scandal, then sadly you would have been mistaken.
Despite The National Enquirer and their partner Radar Online having already milked the leaked sex tapes in their possession for every last drop of controversy, Josh Rojas of Bay News 9 has discovered more insensitive, racially fuelled comments from an alternative source.
His source is the recordings of Hogan's jailhouse phone calls to his imprisoned son, Nick Bollea, from May 2008, where he suggested that God had laid some "heavy shit" on comatose crash victim John Graziano because of things that he was "into." Rojas relistened to those calls and perhaps unsurprisingly found further evidence of Hogan using racial slurs and making offensive jokes:
"You and me been sitting on some serious phone, phone dialogue here n---a," Hogan said.
"Yeah, nibb-ah," Nick said.
"N---a, n---a, that means, that means you (are) my best friend," said Hogan.
Nick was serving an eight month sentence for a car crash that left his friend, John Graziano, permanently disabled. In another phone call, Hogan talks about God and re-incarnation.
"You know that God gave you this vibe and this, this, energy that you and I are going to live forever, bro," he said. "I just hope we don't come back as a couple, I don't want to say it, blizz-ack gizz-uys, you know what I'm saying?"
"Brutal," Nick responded after they both laughed.
Hogan also talked to Nick about possibly being transferred from the adult jail to juvenile hall.
"It's down in St. Pete and it's mixed-race and we get along with everybody, so that's fine," Nick said.
Hulk said, "Your mom went there and said it was mainly blizz, you know what I'm sizz-aying?"
"Mm-hm," Nick said.
Hulk responded, "And that some of the ladies there that, you know, run the school are nice blizz lizz-adies, you know?"
"Mm-hm.... I would go down there, I would make friends with all those kids down there," said Nick. "I guarantee it. Because you know how all the blizz pizz love us."
Although these latest racist comments aren't quite as damning as the ones uncovered in the sex tapes, they do demonstrate a disturbing pattern of behaviour where Hogan flippantly uses racist slurs and slang on a regular basis, so that it's impossible to chalk up the original story as an isolated incident.
Meanwhile, Hogan has gone on the offensive legally, as TMZ reported earlier today. His legal team have repeated their claims that they believe that Gawker Media were behind the leaks that led to The National Enquirer's racist exposé story in order to "poison" Hogan's ongoing sex tape lawsuit against the company.
Going further, according to TMZ, Hogan's lawyers have filed new court documents against Gawker asking the judge presiding over the case to launch a full-blown investigation into Gawker Media proprietor Nick Denton and their former executive A.J. Daulerio to prove that they were the parties who illegally leaked confidential details from other Hogan sex tape videos that their lawyers had obtained under seal via a freedom of information lawsuit against the FBI.
If their suspicions are proven true, Hogan's side wants the people within Gawker involved in leaking the story to others in the media to serve jail time and for the judge to award him a default judgement in the case.
Radar Online's story on this latest development in the Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit added that his attorneys have also "asked the judge to permit them to appoint an independent electronic forensic expert that would be given access to Gawker’s computer network, systems and tablets in the hopes of uncovering a mole".
It should be noted that the following statement was issued to both TMZ and Radar Online by Gawker Media’s president and general counsel Heather Dietrick after they published their reports on the matter:
"Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information."
As the emergency hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning, we should soon know if Hogan was successful in his demands for an investigation into whether Gawker were responsible for the leaked info.