World Wrestling Entertainment has cut all ties with wrestler Hulk Hogan, according to a statement the organization released Friday.
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan),” the statement reads. “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
While the statement didn’t go into specific details, multiple media reports said Hogan’s contract was terminated because of comments he made during a 2012 radio interview in which he used the N-word.
TMZ was also reporting that the split with WWE was due to Hogan’s use of the N-word while describing a black man his daughter, Brooke, was dating. He allegedly made the comments in a sex tape while discussing Brooke’s music career, TMZ said.
Hogan is in the middle of an invasion of privacy lawsuit he filed against Gawker Media over the video. The trial in the case was recently delayed until the fall.
Hogan’s bio has been taken off the WWE’s website and all his merchandise had also been removed as of Friday morning.
Despite the statement from the WWE, Hogan’s attorney told TMZ the wrestler wasn’t fired but actually resigned late Thursday night.