According to TMZ, the 61-year-old wrestling legend believes Gawker founder Nick Denton and former executive A.J. Daulerio purposely had the footage leaked to the aforementioned media outlets in order to help their case in Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for the 2012 release of a sex tape.
Hogan claims that the recently leaked portion of the video was ruled confidential by a Florida state judge, and he believes those responsible for releasing it deserve jail time, per TMZ.
However, Gawker denied those claims in a statement, saying "Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information."
Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. 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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.
The six-time WWE champion has spent much of the past week on social media thanking his supporters with tweets such as this one:
While some continue to stand in Hogan's corner, there is no question that his reputation and credibility have been destroyed in the eyes of the general public.
The release of his comments has also affected his livelihood, as he is no longer welcome to serve as a WWE ambassador.
Hogan is clearly in the wrong with regard to the comments he made, but if he and his legal team can prove that Gawker had something to do with its publication, then it could impact the legal proceedings over the release of his sex tape.
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