Hulk Hogan drew nearly universal scorn in the aftermath of Friday’s release of transcribed recordings in which he is heard spitting out anti-black slurs in a shocking race rant.
WWE scurried away from its biggest star as rapidly as it could, and most others in the wrestling and broader sports community expressed their own versions of sadness and outrage at the Hulkster’s hateful diatribe.
But not all. Here’s a sample of defenses from the Hulk-apologist fringe:
Dennis Rodman: “I’ve known @HulkHogan for 25 years. … There isn’t a racist bone in that mans body.”
George Foreman: “I have known Hulk Hogan for well over 20 years. I do not condone the language he used, but he is no racist, he is a good guy.”
Virgil: “Don’t be taking @HulkHogan words out of text. That man has done more for me than almost anybody man.”
Mick Foley: “My heart truly hurts for @HulkHogan. I firmly believe he’s a very good person who made a very bad mistake. Pulling for you, brother!”
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper: “He’s not a racist at all. … Do I condone it? No. But I think Hulk Hogan has done a whole lot more for the society than he has negative. … I’ve never heard Hogan go n-word.”
For his part, Hogan is re-tweeting fans who are supporting him as perhaps a way of justifying his words. Hogan is even re-tweeting fakes, like this one featuring Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere.