This statement is causing a backlash, as both Linda Hogan and the sister of Ronald Goldman have now hit back against the wrestling legend.
We also have the comments of Kim Goldman, the sister of Ron Goldman—Ron was murdered along with Nicole Brown Simpson. Regarding Hogan's comparison, Kim says, "It's sick to me that people throw around violence so whimsically." She calls Hogan's comments "vile," saying, "It says a lot and speaks to his level of violence and propensity for it. It's sad."
In the controversial Rolling Stone interview, Hogan said, "You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater [Florida] and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife...I totally understand OJ. I get it."
Following the release of the article and the backlash, Hogan responded to the quote via his lawyer who told ETOnline
, "Hulk in no way condones the OJ situation. As part of a larger conversation, he referred to it to exemplify his frustration with his own situation."
I grew up as a Hogan fan. I admit that Hogan is what made me watch wrestling. I was a Hulkamaniac. Read my article "How Hulk Hogan Made Me A Wrestling Fan For Life" and it should be obvious.
Today, I have admitted and realized that the Hulk Hogan I admired and knew as a kid is not the same man.
Hogan got caught saying something that he didn't fully think through. I'm sure he now regrets saying it. This conclusion leads me to the thought that either Hogan doesn't care about what he says, or that he's really dumb enough to say that in a interview.
He was also talking to Nick Hogan about how John Graziano's karma caught up with him. He said that Graziano was a bad kid who had a lot of anger, and that he probably had it coming.
I gave Hogan the benefit of the doubt with the comment he made to Nick. After all, the tapes that featured Hogan talking to his son were obtained illegally.
Hogan was under stress and—let's face it—a conversation between an incarcerated son and a father is private. Anything he said might sound heartless when, in fact, he was just worried about his kid.
That comment seemed harsh, but I forgave The Hulkster. I had to. He was the guy whom I idolized as a kid.
But Hogan pulled a TNA with this latest comment. He definitely crossed the line.
The fact of the matter is that it's all Hollywood drama. Wrestling is full of ridiculous characters who shamelessly do things just make headlines—headlines that boggle the minds of the average person.
After reading the Rolling Stone article, it dawned on me that, perhaps, one of the craziest wrestlers might, in reality, be the most sane.
Who is this, you ask?
Look at all of the wrestlers from the 80's and that era. I hate to say it, but "Macho Man" Randy Savage is actually looking to be more sane then any of them.
And everyone said Savage was the crazy one.
I'm not sure he's the crazy one anymore. Maybe Savage was right all along.
Ric Flair got in fights with his daughter's boyfriend. He got bloodied and the pictures appeared all over the Internet. He then got arrested for road rage a few years later.
Miss Elizabeth ran off with Lex Luger, got beaten up by Luger, and finally died of an overdose.
Chris Jericho got in a fight with fans.
Chris Benoit murdered his family and and then committed suicide.
The Ultimate Warrior became a right wing conservative who goes on tirades about gays.
And now Hogan can relate to OJ.
Who would had ever guessed that Macho Man would turn out to be the stable one?
With the exception of the wildy rumored and never substantiated story that Macho Man took Stephanie McMahon's virginity, Savage has actually steered away from any major scandal.
Back in the day, everyone used to say that Savage was a control freak who kept Miss Elizabeth on a short leash. Even then, Vince McMahon admitted during a tribute segment that, perhaps, Savage was controlling because Elizabeth needed structure so that she wouldn't fall into a life of drugs.
Sure, he made a bizarre rap album. He's appeared in the Spiderman movie (Bonesaw McGraw anyone?), and he even recently voiced a character in the cartoon movie, "Bolt."
I ask you: Have you heard anything negative about Macho Man since he's left wrestling? Has he gotten any headlines that leave you guessing what the hell his problem is?
People also forget that Randy Savage fathered two children by Elizabeth. Have you ever heard any stories about Savage doing something bad to them?
Who raised these kids after Elizabeth died of a drug overdose with Flexy Lexy?
Maybe, just maybe, after all these years of thinking Randy Savage was unstable and the poster boy for dysfunction, the veil has been lifted and it was the golden boy, Hulk Hogan, who turned out to be something he's not.
Savage's decision to stay out of the limelight, unlike the others—Luger, Hogan, Ultimate Warrior—may have made him the smartest and most stable of them all.
While Hogan is living on the edge and fantasizing about killing his wife, Randy Savage has gone from being called crazy to being crazy like a fox.