Following his induction into The Boys and Girls Club of America Hall of Fame and appearances with WWE Superstars at the premiere of HBO’s Andre The Giant documentary, we’ve had a new round of reports that a reunion between Hulk Hogan and WWE is close to happening.
That’s brought along more comments from Hogan about the racial slurs he was recorded using, the release of which led to his firing. The latest comes from an interview with Buffalo News done to promote a signing at a comics convention in New York this weekend.
It’s clearly Hulk’s attempt to move past the remarks, but it’s also an example of why many can’t.
Here’s what he said:
“People know me. I’m human being like anybody else, and sometimes, people make mistakes. When they do, you watch that person a little bit more closely than you did before to see what kind of person they really are. I just want people to judge me by my actions, not a few misspoken words.
To those few fans who feel (hurt), I’m forever sorry, and I’ll do whatever I can to make them feel comfortable with me.”
He’s not blaming his use of the slur or the discriminatory remarks which surrounded it on where he grew up, which is good. Unfortunately, he’s still not fully owning his past statements as more than unclear language, or explaining any steps which demonstrate he’s learned how and why they were hurtful - at least not in a way that would allow the fans (and wrestlers) of color and others who were pained by his “misspoken words” to forgive him.
Of course he was asked about a WWE return, and it’s clearly something he’s striving toward:
“All these things say it’s imminent or rumors, that’s like saying ‘maybe, possibly, could be.’ Until I’m back home with the WWE, I’m not home. Hopefully some day I can go back home and be with my family, the wrestlers and all the people I love. I just really, really hope it happens.”
Do these comments make you more likely to want to bring Hogan home?