LISTEN: Audio of Hulk Hogan’s N-word rant

In News by David Bixenspan and Maria Bustillos / April 14, 2016

In the months after The National Enquirer broke the story that one of two Hulk Hogan/Heather Clem sex tapes not sent to Gawker revealed the Hulkster going on a bizarre, racist tirade, I often wondered: Why did Hogan continue to be so protective of the FBI records of the investigation into the people who tried to extort him for said tapes? After all, as far as anyone could tell, the most damaging comments on the sex tape had already been reported, but, more than likely, for the public to hear Hogan say the N-word would be so much more devastating versus just reading that he said it. So the release of its audio would be something he would have a harder time coming back from.

You may recall that last month, on the last day of the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media civil trial, the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeals (2DCA) unsealed about 2,000 pages of documents that were previously deemed highly confidential. These filings primarily dealt with Gawker’s attempts to get Hogan’s racist comments admitted into evidence. They argued his emotional distress was fear that the racist comments would go public, not anything related to the public seeing him naked.

While the 2DCA technically released everything, not all of the files had been provided on the court’s website. Subsequently, Death and Taxes obtained the unsealed audio recording of the sting operation from the FBI investigation (excerpt embedded above), which included Hogan and his personal attorney David Houston watching parts of the sex tapes together with “sex tape broker” Keith Davidson. As of August 11, 2015, Gawker’s audio copy of the sting operation from the FBI redacted audio of those who didn’t sign privacy waivers, which effectively meant Davidson and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem (who briefly appears in the video footage). While the entire three and a half hour audio recording is full of awkward blank spaces as a result, the part during which Hogan, Houston and Davidson watch a portion of Hogan’s racist rant is largely intact. Now, almost nine months since quotes were first circulated by the Enquirer and nine years after it was recorded, we can hear what Hogan said.

The following is a rough attempt at a transcript. Excerpted audio is embedded above.

Hogan: I’m getting ready to cut some serious bait. [Inaudible] Brooke — my daughter, Brooke — [redacted], she jumped sides on me.

Heather Clem: Mmm-hmm.

Hogan: ‘Cause I shelled out two, three million bucks for her music, and [inaudible] I’ve done everything. Fucking with him day and night on the radio like a jackass, and he’s working with me to make…make work [inaudible] when [inaudible] really should call it a day and do the shit I did.

[Eight-second redaction]

Hogan: The son, he’s [inaudible] this black billionaire guy, Cecile. He basically did more for her in a year than anybody’s done. [Inaudible], he had one song, and after 10 months it should go to [inaudible] and [inaudible] and [inaudible]. [Inaudible sentence]. I try to be the realist, and ‘This is your option: You got a better option. [Redacted] said you can sign with [redacted].’ He’s gonna put 500 million behind [inaudible]. Right now there’s nothing else. We’re doing the best we can.

Clem: Right.

Hogan: So it gets to the point where…I dunno if Brooke was fucking the black guy’s son, or they’ve been hanging out. I caught them holding hands together on the tour. They were getting close to kind of [inaudible] the fucking [inaudible]. I’m not a double standard type of guy. I’m a racist to a point, y’know, fucking niggers, but then, when it comes to nice people and [redacted]

Clem: We all are that way.

Hogan: Yeah, cool, when it comes to nice people, you gotta…you can’t, you can’t say the…

[Two-second redaction]

Hogan: I don’t give a fuck if she [inaudible] [an eight foot tall?] basketball player.

Clem: [laughs]

Hogan: If we’re gonna fuck with niggers, let’s get a rich one!

Clem: [laughs]

Hogan: I don’t care if he’s a multi-billionaire. The thing is, now that you start doing these nasty emails…so somewhere, [inaudible] relationship, and now [inaudible] doesn’t want to talk to anybody, nanananana.”

[photo: Getty]