One big, dysfun...er, happy family
In 2005, Hulk Hogan allowed cameras into his home, and we got an up-close-and-personal view of the Hogan family for the first time.
It was an opportunity to see just how deep a sense of entitlement ran in the minds of the Hogan children. Brooke, who was just as untalented as she was smoking hot, broke into the pop music scene simply by throwing around her father's fake last name.
All he had to do was make a phone call, say "It's Hulk. Help me out, brother!" and she was working with some of the biggest names in the industry at the time, including Paul Wall, Scott Storch, and Flo Rida, just to name a few.
Now, his piece of work son, Nick. One day, Nick saw a car driving fast, said "Daddy, I wanna do that!" and he was a professional drift racer the next week.
One would think the "Real American" Hogan would be a staunch advocate of hard work and earning your keep within his own home. But Terry Bollea instilled quite the opposite set of principles in his children, if any at all. And this is the pattern that leads to the second offense.
When that car accident occurred in which Nick Hogan was driving intoxicated and hit a tree head-on, rendering his passenger a virtual vegetable for the rest of his life, Nick got his first dose of reality when he was incarcerated for reckless driving.
One would have thought this experience would sober him to the issues of his privileged upbringing. Then the taped phone calls from prison leaked. All Nick did was complain about the way he was being treated, and his mother catered to his spoiled sensibilities.
But the kicker comes from the mouth of Terry himself. As they spoke of John Graziano, the young man whose life has been destroyed forever by this event, the Hulkster said Graziano's new lot in life was God's doing as a result of what Nick calls being "a negative person."
I suppose Nick's alarming blood-alcohol level and lead foot had nothing to do with it. Nick gets out of prison after only a few months, and resumes life as usual while Graziano will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
No lessons were learned from this. In fact, Nick is probably a worse person for it, thanks to the immortal deadbeat. Their first thought for Nick's post-incarceration was getting a television deal to capitalize on Junior Hogan's experience.