Earlier this week, AEW CEO Tony Khan made it clear on Twitter that Hulk Hogan and his ex-wife Linda were both banned from the company. Khan told Linda that she would join Hulk in his banning after she posted a terrible comment with everything going on with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.
Hulk’s ban had nothing to do with what his wife said, it had more to do with how he was caught saying racist things on tape years ago.
In a statement to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Khan explained Hogan’s racist remarks on a 2015 leaked sex tape made his choice obvious.
“What he said on the tape, long before George Floyd, I’ve told people I can’t work with Hulk Hogan,” Khan said.
He continued, “How can I look my Black friends, football players, employees in the face or myself in the mirror after the things [Hulk] said and has never given an adequate apology for? He can’t blame what he said on tape on the dangers of social media.”
Hogan’s leaked 2015 comments had him banned from the WWE for several years, but would eventually make his return in 2018.