Mark Henry spoke with TMZ about the return of Hulk Hogan. The World’s Strongest Man let it be known that, while it’s important to give people a chance to redeem themselves, the locker room is split 50-50.
What did you think about the WWE reinstating Hulk Hogan’s HOF status after three years?
You know what, man? I think that it’s good in a lot of ways, because there’s always a learnable moment. It teaches forgiveness. It teaches that we can step up from adversity. It also shows that in a time where there’s so much racial divide with the government and different social groups, that there’s actually people who care and want to redeem themselves, and I hope that I can do that.
Do you think that Hulk Hogan is being genuine in asking for forgiveness?
I do feel like he genuinely wants to clear his name. He sees people that used to respect him and they look at him differently, and it hurts. He brought that on himself. But he’s trying his best to clear that up.
Some people will say ‘He’s missing them big checks and he wants to rectify the situation,’ and that’s always a factor. We always wanna keep our buying power up, but I don’t think that’s the case with him. I think that if he did some appearances where he helped raise some money to some of these organizations that need help and urban sectors, then I think people would be less likely to think that it’s a ploy for him to make more money.
What do other African-American superstars in the locker room think about the whole situation?
It’s 50-50. I’ve talked with guys who are like, ‘The Hell with him.’ I’ve talked to guys who are like, ‘If you’re willing to make a change, and willing to help out and speak up and be a part of the answer instead a part of the problem, then it’s all good.
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