Insert overused wrestling cliché or "Hulkamania running wild" joke here, the controversial celebrity Hogan family find themselves back in the media's spotlight after Hulk Hogan's ex-wife Linda launched accusations in her memoir "Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes" which the former WWE and WCW Champion calls "ridiculous." The 1980s icon addressed claims he physically abused his wife and had a homosexual affair with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake to US Weekly saying "If any of that was true, I would admit it, and I was a homosexual I would embrace it." Now the man who once reigned as the most dominant force in the wrestling industry will take on his ex-wife inside the courtroom, suing her for defamation. Of course Hulk Hogan fans realize the celebrity knows the courtroom probably as well as Madison Square Garden.
1994- Steroid Trial
Before the yellow spandex wearing wrestler became familiar with the courtroom due to his family issues he entered the halls of justice thanks to his professional life. In 1994 Hulk Hogan testified for the prosecution in the infamous 1994 steroid trial. Looking back at The New York Times' archives will help you recall WWE Chairman Vince McMahon facing charges of illegally providing his wrestlers steroids. "The Immortal One" received immunity from prosecution for his testimony. On the stand Hulk said steroid use in the WWE was common in the 1980s and that he used steroids. However, the defense's questioning led Hogan to reveal his former boss never ordered him to take steroids or never purchased steroids for him.
2008- The Nick Hogan Debacle
In 2008 the head of Hulkamania sat still in a courtroom to show support for his teenage son Nick who faced felony reckless driving charges. The charges occurred after an automobile accident left the youngster's friend John Graziano hospitalized in grave condition. TMZ noted Hulk Hogan watched on with the rest of the Hogan family as his son received an eight month jail sentence, five years' probation, 500 hours community service, and a three year driver license suspension.
2009- Rumble in the Courtroom
Around the time of Nick Hogan's trial Hulk's relationship with his wife Linda began to unravel. By 2009 the two submerged themselves into an emotional, ugly divorce battle. While his ex-wife's lawyer held a press conference in March 2009 the wrestler entered the courtroom with his attorney triggering a shouting match resembling "The Immortal One's" verbal spats with wrestling rivals like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. The incident left the celebrity media circuit pulling out the wrestling references. For instance, TMZ covered the story under the guise "Hulk Hogan Turns Courtroom into Cage Match."
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