Three years after Hulk Hogan was suspended from the WWE and removed from its Hall of Fame, he has been reinstated in the organization, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Hogan was suspended in July 2015 after a video of him making racist comments was released by the National Enquirer and Radar Online.
In the video, Hogan repeatedly uses the n-word while discussing his daughter’s dating life. “I mean, I am a racist, to a point,” he said in the tape.
The video is part o a sex tape recorded in 2006 and released by Gawker in 2012, sparking a lawsuit in which Hogan settled with Gawker for $31 million. The news and gossip website folded as a result of the payments.
“This second chance follows Hogan’s numbers public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake,” the WWE said in a statement that also noted Hogan’s inclusion into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
Hogan rose to fame in the 1980s as the WWE’s ideal good guy, telling children to say their prayers and take their vitamins as he beat villain after villain. In the process, Hogan helped turn the WWE into a major player in the wrestling industry. He worked for the organization as an ambassador from 2014 until his suspension one year later.