Hulk Hogan: "God Gives His Hardest Battles To His Strongest Soldiers"

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Hulk Hogan has found himself in a firestorm of controversy since audio was leaked online of a conversation in which he used racial slurs, and this week he took to social media to thank his fans and supporters as well as to share a quote that he says encompasses his feelings.

Hogan released a statement after the audio was released, saying it happened eight years ago and that he has grown as a person since then. However, he has severed his ties with the WWE--he says he resigned, while others say he was terminated--and says he has a legal team investigating the tape.

"Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am. I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard. As a result I am resigning from my contractual relationship with the WWE," Hogan said in a statement.

Hulk Hogan is currently embattled in a lawsuit against Gawker for publishing scenes from a sex tape that was leaked online a couple of years back, and TMZ is now reporting that Hogan blames the CEO of Gawker--Nick Denton--for the leak of the audio that has offended so many. According to TMZ, Hogan thinks Gawker leaked the audio to hurt him legally; if the judge sides with Hogan in the lawsuit, Gawker could be forced to pay $100 million.

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum