WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan appeared in court yesterday and blamed The Nation Enquirer & RadarOnline for ruining his image.
Hogan accussed them of ruining his 30+ year career as well. Hulk Hogan’s lawyer told the judge, “His career is done, he’s been fired from WWE.”
Hogan’s attorneys told the judge that “We want the chance to prove they (Gawker) were directly involved in this,” accusing Gawker of “ruining my client’s career and potentially ruining his right to a fair trial.” Additionally, Hogan’s lawyers want a forensic investigation of Gawker’s computers.
On the other hand, Gawker’s attorneys noted that “There are, your honor, a long list of people who knew about Mr. Bollea’s use of racist language long before Gawker learned about it.” They claimed that a transcript has been floating around since 2012. “It cannot be seriously maintained that if this leaked to the Nat. Enquirer, that it came from us,” as too many people had access to it. Hogan’s lawyers didn’t buy it.
Nothing was decided by Judge Pamela Campbell yesterday, so a new trial date has been set for March 7, 2016. In a related news, The Rock finally addressed this controversy regarding Hulk Hogan and had the following to say:
“I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us, by the way. I’ve known Terry for a lot of years, my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business. My uncles helped train him too as well. I have not known the man to be racist.
It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—and not justifying what he said—we’ve all talked trash, especially in private. He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”