This time last month, things were going pretty well for Hulk Hogan. He was a Tough Enough judge, was campaigning for a return match at WrestleMania 32, and had filed a massive lawsuit that threatened to wipe Gawker from the face of the Earth for their role in a heavily edited highlight reel of his sex tape with the wife of Bubba the Love Sponge going public.
All of a sudden, the National Enquirer has transcripts of horribly racist and homophobic things Hogan said on the tape, including a weird Jamie Foxx namedrop. Hulk gets fired from WWE and thoroughly scrubbed from their media, and spends most of his day retweeting people who say he should be allowed to say the n-word if Barack Obama is. It’s a mess.
According to the New York Post and an emergency motion filed on Thursday, Hulk has finally put two and two together and is blaming Gawker for the transcripts getting out.
Discovery in the case unearthed tapes other than the sex video, but the court ruled them inadmissible as evidence.
“Thus, the only value Gawker defendants could squeeze out of the materials provided by the United States government was if these materials went public — and in the process publicly destroyed Mr. Bollea,” the motion says.
Hogan claims Gawker orchestrated the leak to divert attention from its own public-relations nightmare — one caused by its posting, and then removing, a story about a married publishing executive’s attempt to engage a gay male escort.
As you might expect, Gawker is claiming innocence.
“Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said, and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information.”
There’s always a chance The Dungeon of Doom leaked it to destroy Hulkamania, I guess.
(Via New York Post)