Hulk Hogan: World wrestling body WWE cuts ties with star amid racial slur claims
World wrestling body WWE has severed ties with Hulk Hogan.
The company has deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement saying it had terminated its contract with arguably the best-known US wrestler.
The WWE did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide".
The move comes amid a joint report from RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer that Hogan used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape he is fighting in court to keep private.
In a statement to People magazine, Hogan apologised for using "offensive language".
"Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” Hogan’s statement said.
“It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologise for having done it."
"This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.
“I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs."