While playing Call of Duty on a Twitch stream last night, Randy Orton said the “n” word. The video has been deleted from gamer Brad Radke’s channel, but several people captured and shared the clip on social media. We’ve embedded one such tweet here; be aware you will hear Orton use the slur:
People who watched the original stream before it was removed from the channel claim Orton sounded drunk, and that he became quieter after this moment - perhaps aware he’d just publicly used the racist term.
Earlier in the session, Orton praised the debut of AEW Dynamite and Cody Rhodes’ opponent Sammy Guevara:
“Speaking of Vince, that AEW looked f***ing cool, huh? Did you watch that show last night? Oh my God. I’ll tell you what. It’s that big match feel, the big show feel. Cody and Sammy Guevara, that kid can do some ****. I’d love to work with that kid. They had a great match. I thought opening the show with that match was a good idea and well received.”
Neither Orton nor WWE have commented on the clip(s) as of this writing.
The 13 time WWE World champion was not specifically promoted by the company for the debut of SmackDown on Fox tonight (Oct. 4), but tweeted out a challenge to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson prior to joining Radke’s Twitch stream last night. On the most recent episode of Raw on Sept. 30, he was announced for the planned Team Flair vs. Team Hogan main event for Oct. 31’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Hulk Hogan was fired by WWE in 2015 after the release of an audio tape which included his using the same slur, referring to himself as “racist”, and discussing prejudicial views. He was brought back to the company last year.