The controversy surrounding Hulk Hogan and WWE still hasn’t completely died down. Several years ago some racist comments made by “The Hulkster” were leaked out to the public upon a sex tape of his being leaked out. Hogan was subsequently released from his WWE deal, and essentially blacklisted from the company’s history as well. Several years later, Hogan has slowly been eased back into the WWE fold.
The company no longer seems to have an issue referencing him, and even reinstated him into the WWE Hall Of Fame recently. The speculation on whether or not they’ll have him return to WWE TV continues. Earlier this year, upon news of Hogan being reinstated into the WWE HOF, Hogan actually issued an apology to the entire WWE locker room. His apology was said to have been received with mixed reviews, especially to Superstars of color.
Recently, WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T was interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso and was asked about the Hogan controversy. Booker believes it’s simply time to move on from the entire ordeal:
“There is not a building for the Hall of Fame, but the Hall is a very real thing. When guys get a chance to go on this journey and thank those fans for that ride, that’s extremely real. It means a lot for those of us who have gone on that journey, and Hogan is one of those guys who has gone on that journey. If people still judged me from what I did 30 years ago, I would not be where I am now. But someone, a guy by the name of Bruce Gasarch, trusted me.
“He said, ‘Man, I’m going to give you a chance.’ And that’s all I needed. Now I still have my broom, and I carry it around to sweep up all the dirt and trash I’ve left behind in my past. Hulk is also going to have to carry that broom in his back pocket and atone for his mistakes. That’s the only thing we can do as human beings. Was the reinstatement right, was it wrong? That’s always going to be up for debate, but I think it’s time to move on.”