10 Shocking Things We Learned From The Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Trial

As the news still makes its way around the world that Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, has won his invasion of privacy lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker, it’s time to take a look at what we learned during the trial. Some of it is deeply disturbing, some of it comical, and some of it is just flat out hilarious.

Hogan was exposed in several aspects of his life and most of it wasn’t very flattering to his reputation. But it paid off for him. For now anyway. He won $140 million as the verdict was handed down recently. He previously had won a $5,000 reward from former friend Todd Clem, better known as Bubba the Love Sponge. Clem is the person that recorded the video of Hogan having sex with Heather Clem. Bubba is a special kind of dirt bag for many reasons and part of that settlement was that he helped Hogan against Gawker in the trial. The low amount of the reward could suggest that either they took it easy on Clem to get him to agree to help, or maybe his radio job doesn’t pay as much as he’d like people to believe it does.

But don’t see that $140 million and think that Hogan came out clean. He didn’t even come close and there is no guarantee that he will get that money. He is a dirt bag himself and his reputation was severely damaged and he won’t soon recover from what was made public, if he ever does. He lost his gig with the WWE in very quick fashion after his racist rants were exposed, and he has been reeling downward ever since.

It has all paid off for him at the moment but Gawker immediately filed an appeal and here is an interesting fact about that. The judge that ruled over the case, Circuit Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell, has a very bad reputation for having her cases overturned. In the last four years she has had 22 cases overturned, more than any judge in the county. And the reasoning for the reversals have all been because of errors that were blamed on the judge.

So it’s pretty obvious that this is far from over. But for right now let’s take a look at the ten things that we learned from the trial. Some of them will shock you and some of them you won’t even believe.

10 Gawker Has Zero Class 

It’s not news that Gawker doesn’t have any class and they will put up anything they think that they can profit from. But there are two things that came to light during the trial that are disturbing. In 2010 a college woman was very drunk and had sex in a bathroom stall. It hasn’t been proven but it very well seems that it could have been rape.

After Gawker posted a video that was taken, the woman contacted them and asked for it to be removed. She wrote “I’m writing in regard to having the post be removed from the website. I’m asking you to cease and desist the use of that video. I am the girl in it and it was stolen from me and put up without my permission.”

Former editor A.J. Daulerio wrote back “Blah, blah blah,” and then in a follow up response, “We’re not going to take it down. The best advice I can give you right now: do not make a big deal out of this because” the video wasn’t very good and “you’re not identified.” His responses grew worse and ruder as communications continued. They can be found online.

9 Hogan is a Minute Man


8 Hogan is a Freak 

7 Hogan is a Racist

What you gonna do when Hulkster racism runs wild on you?!

6 He Thinks that Bollea and Hogan Are Different People


5 Money Doesn’t Always Buy the Best Witnesses 

Since Gawker was using a defense of the First Amendment, Hogan wanted to damage their credibility as a journalistic organization. So he hired a journalism professor from the University of Florida, Mike Foley. He is also a former editor at the St. Petersburg Times. He came at the bargain rate of $350 per hour.

Foley looked uncomfortable while on the stand and a lot of his opinions came across as very out dated. When he admitted that he hadn’t been in a newsroom in over twenty years, people were left wondering why he was even used as a witness. But then it only got worse.

4 Hogan Gets Special Treatment Everywhere 

3 Hulk Hogan is a Liar, but Apparently Terry Bollea is Not 

Hulk Hogan spent a great deal of time on the stand during the trial explaining how everything that was said as Hulk Hogan was not true. So now we know that Hulk Hogan did not surf on a tiger shark and he never body slammed Moby Dick. Among other things that were lied about was how many women the Hulkster has been with over the years.

2 Hogan is a Fan of TMZ


1 Hulk Hogan Has a Bigger Penis Than Terry Bollea

While Hogan was on the stand he was asked about several instances that he had discussed the sex life of Hulk Hogan in public. He was asked about an interview he did on Bubba’s radio show where the two discussed Hogan’s penis size. Yes that’s correct you read that right.

While Bollea was on the stand he was asked “Do you have any doubt, as you sit in that witness stand today, that you were discussing the length of your penis on Bubba ’s radio program?” Bollea responded with “Well, it’s not mine, because mine isn’t that size. We were discussing the length of Hulk Hogan’s.” Upon further questioning he added “Seriously I do not have a ten-inch penis. I do not. Seriously.” The questioning attorney seemed confused and answered back “Seriously?”

The former champion went on to explain that he said a lot of ridiculous lies and acted in a certain manner because that’s what people expected of the Hulkster. He later appeared on The Howard Stern Show and again discussed the tape. When asked why he did that he said "I was on an entertainment show and I had to be an entertainer, so I just kept going."

The true size of Bollea’s penis was not revealed but he did admit that “Terry Bollea doesn’t have a 10-inch penis.” Doesn’t that mean that Hulk Hogan doesn’t have one either? I’m so confused.


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