Hulk Hogan's ex banned over 'sickening' George Floyd tweet
All Elite Wrestling boss Tony Khan says Hulk Hogan and ex-wife Linda are banned from attending the promotion’s events in the future.
Khan announced the ban on Tuesday in response to a controversial tweet from Linda about the protests and riots in America following the death of George Floyd.
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“You’ve now joined your husband in being banned from all AEW shows. Congratulations,” Khan said.
You’ve now joined your husband in being banned from all AEW shows. Congratulations.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) June 2, 2020
Khan’s response came after Linda deleted a tweet about the violent protests erupting across America.
“Watching the looting, it’s all afro Americans, not sure how robbing and stealing set the record straight but if they want to be heard they need to be civilised,” she tweeted.
Linda Hogan has apparently been banned from all AEW shows for this tweet pic.twitter.com/0vJqrqPrO2
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 2, 2020
Linda’s comments sparked immediate condemnation, with a number of pro wrestlers voicing their anger.
Prince Nana labelled Linda’s remarks “sickening”, while wrestler and commentator AJ Kirsch wrote: “@LindaHogan, you should just go ahead and delete your entire Twitter account, not just that one tweet. You know the one.”
— Prince Nana (@PrinceKingNana) June 2, 2020
.@LindaHogan, you should just go ahead and delete your entire Twitter account, not just that one tweet.
You know the one.#BlackLivesMatter
— AJKirsch (@AJKirsch) June 2, 2020
Khan’s ban on Hulk Hogan is reportedly related to racist remarks he was filmed making in 2015.
Linda and Hulk Hogan divorced in 2007 after the wrestling legend was accused of cheating.
“You have single-handedly ruined our 25-year marriage and our family,” Linda said.
“My trust, my love, my future, our future family with grandchildren, holidays, weddings, our kids’ lives, homes, their ability to trust, our poor animals, friends, neighbours, your career, finances, trademarks, retirement, your legacy, your reputation, your health, even your soul. You lost it all.
“You took me for granted and never appreciated me or our beautiful family … blaming me for your horrendous mistakes.
“Until you can really apologise to me and to our children I will never ever forgive you.”
Tiger Woods adds voice to George Floyd uproar
Tiger Woods is the latest sporting star to call for change to create a “safer, unified society” after the death of Floyd.
Woods said on Monday he has always respected US law enforcement but that their use of force on Floyd clearly crossed a line.
Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into the 46-year-old African-American man's neck while he was handcuffed and saying that he couldn't breathe.
“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement,” 15-times major champion Woods said in a post on Twitter.
“They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force.
“This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 2, 2020
Numerous prominent athletes, including NBA great Michael Jordan, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, have spoken out in recent days as anti-police brutality and anti-racism marches and rallies boiled over across the country.
Liverpool players took a knee at Premier League training on Monday while Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba took to social media to voice their stance against racism.
Former five-division world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather has also offered to cover Floyd's funeral costs.