The Rock was asked to address the recent controversy surrounding Hulk Hogan during the Ballers panel at TCA on Thursday, something that seemed to leave the former WWE superstar a little hurt according to Deadline. Johnson said he was “disappointed” with what Hogan was reportedly heard saying on the leaked portions of tape and talked a bit about the personal effect Hogan had on his life:
“I’ve known Terry for years. My dad help trained him in Florida in the 1970s, and even my uncle. I come from a long line of professional wrestlers. I didn’t know him (Terry) to be a racist. It’s one of those things where it’s not definite in terms of what he said. We’ve all talked trash. He said what he said and he’s paying the price.”
It’s hard to gauge true feelings from a quick blurb at a television event, but you know there’s some history between those two in the ring and backstage. Those are the people that are going to know the reality of the situation more than anybody else, much like with all the other criticism we’ve heard over the years about Hogan. Does The Rock have more to share? We’ll just have to wait until the next stop.