While promoting the HBO dramedy series Ballers at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was asked about Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea), whose termination from WWE last week coincided with the publication by the National Enquirer and Radar Online of racist remarks allegedly made by the wrestling legend on a leaked sex tape.
“I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us, by the way,” said Johnson. “I’ve known Terry for a lot of years, my dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business. My uncles helped train him too as well. I have not known the man to be racist.”
Johnson adds that while there’s no justification for what Hogan said, he believes everyone has “talked trash,” especially in private.
“It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—and not justifying what he said—we’ve all talked trash, especially in private,” said Johnson. “He said what he said, and he’s paying the price.”