Hulk Hogan has been accused of racism this week after it was reported that his restaurant had signs telling his customers to not dress like a stereotypical black guy, according to reports.
It is understood that Hogan has removed the signs as a result of a barrage of criticism from all corners of the WWE. It has been reported that Hogan has denied that he is a racist and he has claimed ignorance to the presence of the signs, Wrestlezone reported.
TMZ jumped on the story on Thursday and released details of the list of demands from Hogan, with the restaurant essentially banning anybody who dressed like a stereotypical black guy from entering.
“Check out the dress code outside Hogan's Beach in Tampa -- which essentially bars people who wear clothes popular with the black community,” TMZ reported.
- No oversized t-shirts extending past the mid thigh
- No excessively baggy attire
- No low hanging pants or shorts
- No hats facing sideways or back facing
- No oversized or excessive jewelry
- No camouflage (unless with military ID)
- No workout clothing (including track suits, jump suits, sweat pants or basketball shorts)
- No high-top sneakers
TMZ reported above.
Does WWE have a racism problem?
Even though this could be put down as an innocent mistake by Hogan and the people who run his restaurant, this isn’t the first time that the issue of racism has raised its ugly head this year.
Superstar wrestler Alberto Del Rio was released from the company a few months ago after he slapped a WWE employee. But the racism angle comes from the fact that it is understood the Mexican wrestler Del Rio was racially abused before he slapped the WWE employee.
One thing that we know for certain is that former WCW superstar Konnan believes there is a rampant racism problem in WWE.
"Should be no surprise what happened to Del Rio..There has always been rampant racism in the industry from subtle to obvious..#Putos," former star Konnan tweeted this summer.