As you already know, Hulk Hogan is currently in the midst of a shit storm thanks to his own racist comments on a leaked sex tape. As the lawsuit goes on with the site that leaked it to the public, many of Hulk’s former colleagues seemed stunned at the notion that he could be racist. You can count The Rock as one of them, saying even though he is very disappointed, he still doesn’t consider him a racist.


Johnson was making an appearance on Thursday at the 2015 TCA press tour panel to promote his new HBO series “Ballers” when he made comments in which he expresses skepticism that Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is actually a racist or bigot.

“I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us, by the way. Pretty disappointed,” Johnson told the crowd, per an US Magazine report. “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.”

Johnson later made the argument that everyone says things they perhaps should not say when it’s believed the comments are being made under the assumed impression of perceived privacy.

“It’s funny, it’s one of those things where — and [I’m] not justifying what he said — we’ve all talked trash, especially in private,” he said. “He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”

Hogan, mired in a bitter $100 million lawsuit over a sex tape, allegedly was caught on audio using racist slurs, a transcript of which scandalized the wrestler’s reputation to such an egregious degree that it resulted in the ending of his affiliation with the WWE. Evidence later surfaced of the wrestler also using homophobic slurs as well. He has since issued a formal apology.