WWE Hall-of-Famer Bill Goldberg once revealed that he poops upwards of 20 times a day, but the former WCW and WWE champion found himself about to dive even to an even bigger mountain of crap on Tuesday when he was asked his thoughts on Hulk Hogan being forgiven for the slur-filled, racist rant that got him fired from WWE in 2015. Goldberg thanked the absentee Hogan during the Hall of Fame inductions earlier this month, though he didn’t go so far as to outright call for Hogan’s return.
In an interview with CBS Sports, however, Goldberg was directly confronted with the question. He responded:
“Oh, that’s not for me to judge. I think everybody deserves a second chance. I think you put [Hogan] in the locker room and give him the floor and let him speak his mind. That’s what he deserves. Who knows what happens from there but it’s not for me to say by any means. I can just give you my opinion and say that he deserves the floor and who knows where it goes from there.”
Goldberg was able to give as noncommittal an answer to the direct question as possible, but other 2018 Hall of Fame inductees were more outspoken about their opinions, such as Mark Henry, who said last month that Hogan had not yet earned a second chance, speaking on behalf of what he called a coalition of Black wrestlers from all over the world.
I’m sitting on the chair of the delegation and they’re not ready. I’ve had many talks, with dozens of guys, and the consensus is there’s a lot of work to be done to heal that wound and to fix that wall.
Asked about Henry’s comments later, Hogan responded that he hadn’t heard Henry’s complaints, but that he would apologize to “all wrestlers” anyway.
I just heard you make a comment on TMZ about he said I should apologize, and, uh, I totally agree with him, not just to the black wrestlers, to all the wrestlers. What I said was way out of line and I’m forever sorry for that. But I never heard Mark Henry say that. He’s my boy, man.
Maybe not a great start, Hulkster.
Hogan’s first public association with WWE since his firing was at the premiere of HBO’s Andre the Giant documentary. The company issued a statement at that time insisting that it was only a one-time deal and that Hogan would only potentially be involved with WWE in the capacity of helping others “learn from his mistakes,” which presumably means teaching them not to go on prolonged racist rants about their daughter having sex with a black man while referring to black people by the n-word, or, if they absolutely can’t help it, to not do it while being secretly recorded swinging with the wife of Florida radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, and even if they try their hardest and end up doing all of that anyway, then at the very least to not subsequently become involved as a proxy in a legal battle between conservative Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel and gossip news site Gawker over the publication of that sex tape, prompting the rant to leak through a tabloid and ruin your wrestling career. You know, basic learning from your mistakes kinda stuff.