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TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — Hulk Hogan has blamed his use of racist slurs in the past on his upbringing in a “rough” South Tampa neighborhood.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was fired a month by World Wrestling Entertainment following the leak of a racist rant from a video tape in 2006. The comments came after Hogan said he was mad at his daughter over business dealings involving her and her then-boyfriend.

On Monday the 61-year old Clearwater resident made a tearful plea to his fans for forgiveness.

Hogan became emotional several times during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in which he discussed his firing from WWE, how his environment may have contributed to his racial bias, and how his daughter came to his defense.

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