Titus O’Neil Responds to the Hulk Hogan Apology

There have been many erroneous reports made on other websites concerning the chain of events that occurred between WWE Superstar, Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan.  Titus felt the need to clear up all of the controversy and misinformation so here’s the tweet that does that:

Here’s the text for those who may have trouble reading it on their devices.  This is the text exactly as written above:

The reports and rumors concerning my boycotting “Extreme Rules” in Pittsburgh is false and inaccurate.  I was not scheduled to attend or be a participant in the “Extreme Rules” match/production and was otherwise not booked for the show.

The talent present in Pittsburgh, which I was a part of, was asked to attend a mandatory meeting in which Mr. Terry Bollea addressed everyone and informed the same the the would be reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame.  At no point during, after or otherwise did I make any scene concerning Mr. Bollea’s communication to the talent.  In addition, let it be known that i did not refuse to shake Mr. Bollea’s hand; we did not have any type of one-on-one interaction whatsoever that would or did necessitate any exchange between us individually.

As to the reinstatement of Mr. Bollea, I can only communicate that i am a proponent of second and even third chances for individuals that show true remorse, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, fulfill their punishment, if applicable, and otherwise put forth sincere efforts to correct the issues.

Unfortunately, I must echo the sentiment and dissatisfaction expressed by many of my fellow contemporaries concerning Mr. Bollea’s apology and it’s lack of true contrition, remotes and a desire to change.  Mr. Bollea’s apology “that he didn’t know he was being recorded” is not remorse for the hateful and violent utterances he made which reprise language that has caused violence against blacks and minorities for centuries.

I stand firm in my position that Mr. Bollea is entitled to reinstatement; he was and is a role model, hero and icon to countless people.  I hope that Mr. Bollea’s missteps in communicating to the WWE talent in Pittsburgh are not repeated to his fans and I expect that he shall pursue an agenda that clearly communicates to all third parties that his language was inappropriate, wrong and should not be tolerated in civilized and inclusive society.

As the father of two black me, I have spent their entire life and the majority of my adult life with a singular focus; being a role model for my children and young black boys and girls.  I take tremendous pride in my charity work and the community outreach programs that I have fostered via the platform I have been given.  I teach my sons love and tolerance for everybody, but I also teach them to operate in truth and respect.

I hope this clears up any confusion.  I, like New Day, will continue to use my platform to positively affect, entertain, embrace, celebrate and love people from all backgrounds both inside and outside of the WWE Universe.


Thaddeus Bullard aka WWE SuperStar “Titus Oneil”

As of yet, Hogan, while being reinstated to the Hall of Fame, has yet to sign a new deal with the WWE that would allow him to work.  We’ll keep an eye out to see if and when that happens.


Botch Take:  As with the New Day’s response, the sentiments expressed here are right on.  What Hogan did was truly awful.  If it were up to me, the word he has used repeatedly would be banned from the English language as it is the very worst word the English language has ever produced.  That word has been used to maim, to degrade, and to psychologically assault many wonderful people for far too long.  That Hogan used it so casually says much about him.

Apparently, not much has changed with him given his “apology” here.  Note that neither New Day nor Titus really took the high road.  Where New Day used clever subtext, Titus pretty much just came out and said that Hogan’s apology was garbage and he didn’t buy it.  That is quite unfortunate.

The public has spoken too as Hogan’s reintroduction video on YouTube was littered with so many incendiary and dissenting comments that WWE was forced to completely disable them.  This is proof positive that the WWE Universe is in no way ready to forgive Hogan for what he did.  Whether Titus, Xavier, Big E. or Kofi wish to extend forgiveness or not is not the be-all-end-all.  It is the WWE Universe who ultimately decides whether or not a Superstar can come back and do so successfully.  Based on the response so far, we, the WWE Universe, are not there yet.  

As a child of the 80’s, I grew up watching Hogan ascend to the heights of fame.  I watched him become the biggest deal in Sports Entertainment history and then eclipse even that to transcend the business and become a huge deal in all media.  I then watched him miraculously repeat the process in a totally different way after he went to WCW.  He may not have been the best worker in the world but he told absolutely spectacular stories both in the ring and out of it.  If there were a Mount Rushmore of wrestling, he’d have to be the biggest face on it.  Without Hogan, there can be no Rock or Austin.  We can talk about Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes but they never achieved the level of across-the-board success Hogan did.  To see such an incredible performer crash to the Earth and become a far-too fallible man was a hard pill to swallow.

All of this is to say that I’m absolutely not ready to forgive.  He doesn’t seem to get it.  Yes, people can change and they deserve to be forgiven when they do.  Until he shows by his actions that he’s truly changed his course, he really should stay away.