Friday, July 31, 2015

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson won't label Hulk Hogan a racist

Former pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he was "surprised" and "disappointed" when he learned that Hulk Hogan had come under fire for making racial slurs.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, was terminated by World Wrestling Entertainment last week after a recording surfaced that had him repeatedly using the N-word.

During a session with the critics to discuss his HBO show “Ballers,” Johnson was asked about the racially tinged remarks that led the WWE to sever its ties with Hogan, who had long been a face of the organization.
"I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us," Johnson told reporters at the TV critics press tour Thursday. "I've known Terry for a lot of years, and my dad helped train him in Florida in the '70s when he was breaking into the business ... I had not known the man to be racist."

Unlike their days in the wrestling ring, The Rock refused to body slam his former opponent.

"I'm not justifying what he said. We've all talked trash, especially in private," Johnson remarked. "He said what he said, and he's paying the price."

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