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On Monday Hulk Hogan broke his silence about racist comments he made, claiming he’s not a racist and asking forgiveness from his fans.

The wrestling legend told Good Morning America, “I’m not a racist, I never should have said what I said; it was wrong, I’m embarrassed by it,” he added that he was raised in an environment where the N-word was tossed around casually.

“The word was just thrown around like it was nothing,” he said. Hogan also said the tape of him using racial slurs about his daughter’s boyfriend occurred during a rough time in his life. “I was at the lowest point of my life to the point where I wanted to kill myself,” Hogan said. Hogan then asked fans for forgiveness.

“Oh, my gosh. Please forgive me. Please forgive me. 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 became noticeably teary eyed after Amy Robach mentioned his daughter Brooke’s support: “She’s been so supportive … she instantly said ‘I don’t even need to forgive you ’cause I’m not mad at you. I love you. You’re my dad,'” he said.

However the WWE wasn’t so forgiving, firing Hogan after his racist comments were leaked. Separating with the wrestling giant he helped create was a big hit for Hogan.

“I’ve worked for the WWE for almost 30 years off and on … and then all of a sudden, everything I’ve done my whole career and my whole life was like it never happened,” Hogan said.

“If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and let’s just say in high school, you may have said one bad thing and all of a sudden, your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said 10 or 20 years ago, it’d be a sad world. People get better every day. People get better, he concluded.

Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker will go to court in early 2016.

 

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