Hulk Hogan is begging for forgiveness after an audio tape surfaced of the wrestling legend using the N-word to describe his daughter’s boyfriend.
In a tearful interview with Good Morning America Monday, the 62-year-old said he had no idea he was being taped, and described how he would sit alone in his bathroom after his wife and kids left him.
“I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know?” Hogan said. “I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost.”
Asked whether he was suicidal, Hogan said, “Yes, I was.”
“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.”
“Can we stop for a second?” Hogan asks before covering his face with his hands.
“Oh, my gosh. Please forgive me. Please forgive me,” Hogan said, asking forgiveness from his fans. “I think if you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body.”
Hogan is suing Gawker for releasing the audio tape for $100 million. The trial is set for next spring.
Correction: Hogan is not suing Gawker for publishing audio of him saying the n-word, but for publishing excerpts of his sex tape.