Hulk Hogan defended by friends, family after racist remarks

Despite professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan being dropped by the WWE and scrubbed from its website for racist remarks made nearly a decade ago, he's still got folks in his corner. 

Many from inside and outside the wrestling community have come to the 61-year-old Hogan's defense after it was discovered he casually dropped the N-word several times in a recording from 2006. (Video via CNN

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Wrestling stars Mick Foley, who wrestled under a number of personas, and Glenn Gilbertti, who wrestled as "Disco Fever," both tweeted support for Hogan. 

Even some black athletes, like former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, former NBA star Dennis Rodman and ex-WWE wrestler Michael Jones, who went by Virgil, defended Hogan's character following the release of his comments. 

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Hogan's daughter, Brooke, posted a lengthy poem and photo collage of her and her father on Facebook. She wrote, in part, "Just like you and I, things we don't mean can sometimes slip." 

Those words that slipped were uncovered as a part of Hogan's $100 million personal injury lawsuit against Gawker media for publishing footage from an alleged sex tape featuring Hogan online. That lawsuit is still ongoing. 

Hogan has since apologized for his remarks, telling People magazine, "This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise." 

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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