By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Titus O’Neil and the New Day members Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods released statements on social media regarding Hulk Hogan’s speech to the WWE wrestlers at WWE Extreme Rules. Read both statements below.
My TRUTH!! pic.twitter.com/3HgsmXOOEg
— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) July 18, 2018
— King T’Kofi (@TrueKofi) July 18, 2018
Powell’s POV: I respect the thoughtful statements from O’Neil and the New Day members. The thing that stands out most to me is O’Neil pointing out that Hogan seemed to lack true remorse for the racist comments he made on more than one occasion. The New Day statement seemed to touch on it also, while O’Neil took the direct approach. The question remains whether Hogan is truly sorry for the hateful comments he made or simply sorry that he was caught making those statements when he was recorded without his knowledge by Bubba the Love Sponge or when he visited his son in jail. I obviously was not in the room to hear Hogan’s speech to the WWE talent, so I have to rely on O’Neil’s version of the events. It’s possible that Hogan’s lack of an actual apology or remorse for the racist statements was an oversight on his part, but it’s obviously a huge one even if that is the case. Hogan has yet to publicly address either statement as of this update.
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