Hulk Hogan: ‘I Never Should’ve Said What I Said’

During an interview with Good Morning America on Monday, former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan begged the public to forgive him for his racist statements about African Americans.

The athlete also disclosed that the scandal made him think about taking his own life.

“Oh, my gosh, please forgive me, please forgive me, I’m a nice guy,” Hogan said during the ABC segment. “Not the guy who rips the shirt off and slams giants. I’m Terry Bollea, a normal man.”

News of Hogan’s remarks spread quickly last month, after audio of him referring to Blacks as “nigg–s” went viral. The comments made in response to finding out that his daughter Brooke was intimate with a Black man.

World Wrestling Entertainment soon cut ties with Hogan, by terminating his contract with the organization.

“I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know? I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost,” Hogan said during the interview.

Hogan, who declared that he is not racist, also provided an explanation for his choice in words.

As for whether he thinks he’s racist, Hogan offered an explanation for his language.

“I never should have said what I said, it was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it. But a lot of people need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. I grew up in south Tampa. It was a rough neighborhood, very low income, and all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word. The word was just thrown around like it was nothing.”

Watch the full segment below.