In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach, Hogan explained how he’s actually pretty embarrassed by the whole situation.
I’m not a racist, but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it. People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was South Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word.
If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and let’s just say in high school, you may have said one bad thing and all of a sudden your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said 10 or 20 years ago, it’d be a sad world. People get better every day. People get better.
One thing you said back in high school? Dude this was when you were a grown ass man! Who are you trying to fool!?
Not exactly a heartfelt apology – more like an justification, if you ask us – but we’re curious to see if the WWE takes back their initial statement of termination.
Good luck with that, brother.