Nick Hogan was in jail back in 2008. The son of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan was doing an eight-month stretch over a car crash that happened when he was drinking and driving. Nick Hogan's best friend was left with permanent brain damage as a result of the crash.
While Nick sat in jail, he was visited regularly by his dad, Hulk Hogan. When you visit someone in jail, talking on the telephone handset through the glass, your conversations are recorded. In the wake of Hulk Hogan's recent racist comment scandal that got him fired from the WWE, tabloids and other outlets have been digging.
Nick Hogan probably thought his debt to society was paid, and that no one would listen through his jailhouse conversations. But when your dad is famous, no stone is left unturned.
Bay News 9 turned up the conversation between Nick and Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan: "You and me been sitting on some serious phone, phone dialogue here n***a."
Nick Bollea: "Yeah, nibb-ah."
Hogan: "N***a, n***a, that means, that means you (are) my best friend."
Hogan: "You know that God gave you this vibe and this, this, energy that you and I are going to live forever, bro. I just hope we don't come back as a couple, I don't want to say it, blizz-ack gizz-uys, you know what I'm saying?"
Bollea: "Brutal" [They both laugh] Bollea: "It's down in St. Pete and it's mixed-race and we get along with everybody, so that's fine."
Hogan: "Your mom went there and said it was mainly blizz, you know what I'm sizz-aying?"
Hogan: "And that some of the ladies there that, you know, run the school are nice blizz lizz-adies, you know?"
Bollea: "Mm-hm.... I would go down there, I would make friends with all those kids down there. I guarantee it. Because you know how all the blizz pizz love us."
Hulk Hogan has apologized for his use of the N-word in pillow talk conversation from years ago. In the recording, now part of a litigious battle over a sex tape, Hogan is heard to say of his daughter Brooke, Nick's sister:
"I'd rather if she was going to f-- some n--er, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n--er worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r."
After Hogan's statements were made public, the WWE tossed him out on his ear.
"WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan)," the company said in a statement Friday morning. "WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."
"YEAH, NIBBAH!" - Nick Hogan
— HEELWrestling (@HEELWrestling) July 29, 2015
Hulk Hogan's apology was heartfelt.
"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."
"This is not who I am," the statement continues. "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."
But in this age of digital media and recordings, old ghosts can be dragged out of closets. Nick Hogan old jailhouse tapes have been sitting there, waiting for his dad to fall from grace.
happy birthday to nick hogan. even though your dad is a racist you are still the worst hogan
— Flannery O'Connerd (@Slennon_) July 27, 2015