WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil also released a statement regarding Hulk Hogan’s reinstatement into the WWE Hall of Fame and cleared up some confusion and rumors that surrounded him since Sunday’s events.
O’Neil said that he was not booked to be on the show so the rumors of him boycotting the pay-per-view were false and inaccurate. He was though part of the talent backstage when the meeting went down and clarified that he never refused to shake Hulk Hogan’s hand.
“At no point during, after or otherwise did I make any scene concerning Mr. Bollea’s communication to the talent. In addition, let it be known that I did not refuse to shake Mr. Bollea’s hand; we did not have any type of one-on-one interaction whatsoever that would or did necessitate any exchange between us individually,” O’Neil said.
The leader of Titus Worldwide added that he’s all up for second and third chances for those who show “true remorse, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, fulfill their punishment, if applicable, and otherwise put forth sincere efforts to correct the issues,” but he is dissatisfied with Hogan’s apology as he thinks it was not truthful.
O’Neil pointed out that Hogan’s apology included the fact that he didn’t know he was being recorded, a fact that “is not remorse for the hateful and violent utterances he made which reprise language that has caused violence against blacks and minorities for centuries.”
O’Neil added that he has no problem with Hogan being reinstated, after all he is a role model, hero, and icon to many people around the world, but hopes that when time comes for Hogan to stand in front of WWE fans and apologizes, he does not repeat the words that were used in that locker room meeting.
“I expect that he shall pursue an agenda that clearly communicates to all third parties that his language was inappropriate, wrong and should not be tolerated in a civilized and inclusive society,” O’Neil wrote.
You can read the full statement below.