Daddy’s girl to the rescue! Brooke Hogan came to dad Hulk Hogan’s defense on Friday, July 24, in the hours following news that the wrestling pro once used racial slurs in a 2012 sex tape.
The 27-year-old singer and model took to Facebook to pen a heartfelt poem highlighting her father’s good traits and ask fans for their forgiveness.
“If you knew the dad I knew / you’d know his tender heart,” she began. “He’d never want to hurt his fans / or family from the start / If you knew my father / you would know how hard he fought…/ and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.”
The poem goes on to use lines such as, “He taught me folks are so much more than shades could ever tell” and “We all can make mistakes and carry ugly scars.”
Brooke also posted a black-and-white collage of her and her dad to accompany the poem, an homage to show that his actions and words were mistakes of the past.
“The lord says to forgive them / don’t be the one to stone,” she wrote.
Earlier in the day, the WWE terminated Hogan’s (real name Terry Bollea) contract, though his attorney David Houston tells Us Weekly that the 61-year-old star was not fired, but resigned.
“Hulk has apologized to all of his fans,” Houston told Us. “And we can only ask for forgiveness and understanding at this point.”
The WWE also removed all traces of Hogan from its Superstars page and its Hall of Fame, as well as pulled all Hulk Hogan merchandise. Bollea’s name was even taken off the judges’ list on WWE’s reality show Tough Enough.
“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the organization told Us in a statement.
On Thursday evening, prior to the revelation, Bollea braced his fans for the firestorm with a cryptic tweet: “In the storm I release control. God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH.”
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