Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hulk Hogan: "I Totally Understand OJ"

Pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, embroiled in a bitter divorce with his wife, Linda, told Rolling Stone magazine he can "totally understand" O.J. Simpson, the former football great found liable for the deaths of his wife and another man.

"I could have turned everything into a crime scene like O.J., cutting everybody's throat," Hogan said in the interview for a feature that will run in Friday's edition of the magazine.

"You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater [Florida] and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife ...

"I totally understand O.J. I get it," Hogan said.

A spokeswoman for Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the quote to CNN.
These comments illustrate a sense of entitlement that so many batterers seem to feel. He lists his wife amongst the possessions that he misses, including his house and car, and seems to find the most anger in someone else playing with his toys. In fact, he's so mad that he can't have her and someone else can, he could understand taking her life.

He wouldn't be the first pro wrestler to do so. And, as we near the second anniversary of Chris Benoit's murder of his family, his wife's description of a home life full of fear and anger makes us certain that this is more than simply hyperbole. When a man feels like he could make statements like this to a national magazine and get away with it, what else does he feel he could get away with? Especially since the man whose murders he cites, whom he is certain is guilty, never went to jail.

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