Days after the WWE reinstated Hulk Hogan back into its Hall of Fame, some of the wrestling world’s top black athletes have spoken out.
WWE’s “New Day,” comprised of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods, said they feel “indifferent” about Hogan’s reinstatement, which the WWE announced Sunday.
“On a personal level, when someone makes racist and hateful comments about any race or group of people, especially to the degree that Hogan made about our people, we find it difficult to simply forget, regardless of how long ago it was, or the situation in which those comments were made,” the group said in a statement on Twitter.
“But we also do not respond with more feelings of hate. Instead, we just do not associate with the people who convey or have conveyed this negative and hurtful mindset. This instance will be no different. Perhaps if we see him make a genuine effort to change, then maybe our opinion will change with him. Time will tell.”
Fellow WWE superstar Titus O’Neil said he echoed New Day’s feelings, but released his own statement saying that Hogan is “entitled to reinstatement.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Kyle Schnitzer