In a 2015 tape, Hulk was heard saying a number of racial slurs. He was discussing a man he believed might be romantically involved with his daughter and referred to him using the slurs. At the time, Hulk was fired from the WWE and scrubbed from its Hall of Fame. In 2018, Hulk returned to the company and was reinstated to the Hall of Fame. His return was accompanied by an apology, which was filmed in the WWE locker room.
Hulk‘s return to the organization was met with derision and criticism. At the time, WWE champion Kofi Kingston raised some concerns about the WWE’s decision. “On a personal level, when someone makes racist and hateful comments about any race or group of people, especially to the degree that Hogan made about our people, we find it difficult to simply forget, regardless of how long ago it was, or the situation in which those comments were made,” Kofi said.
Kofi continued, saying that the best approach is usually to turn the other cheek. “But we also do not respond with more feelings of hate. Instead, we just do not associate with the people who convey or have conveyed this negative and hurtful mindset,” he continued.