Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is speaking out about Hulk Hogan’s racist rant.
At HBO’s Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Johnson was touting his dramedy series Ballers, which was recently renewed for a second season. A critic asked about Hogan, who was dumped by the WWE earlier this week after a recording surfaced of the wrestling legend using racist language.
“I was pretty disappointed at what I heard,” said Johnson, who comes from a family of professional wrestlers. “I’ve known [Hulk Hogan] for a lot of years. My dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business. My uncles helped train him as well. So I’d not known him to be racist.”
Johnson then smiled. “It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—I’m not justifying what he said—but we’ve all talked trash. Especially in private. He said what he said and now he’s paying the price.”