Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said that while he's "disappointed" over Hulk Hogan's racist rants exposed in our exclusive reports, he "hasn't known" the man "to be a racist."
The 43-year-old reacted to the shocking scandal during a satellite appearance at the Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills Thursday.
"I was pretty disappointed with what I heard, like all of us," said Johnson noting his longtime relationship with 61-year-old grappler through his father, wrestler Rocky Johnson.
"I've known Terry for a lot of years; my dad helped train him in Florida in the 1970s when he was breaking in the business," he said. "I had not known the man to be racist."
Johnson, who faced off against Hogan in front of more than 68,000 fans at Wrestlemania X8 in 2002, showed some empathy for the fallen star.
"Not justifying what he said but we've all talked trash, especially in private," he said. "He said what he said and he's paid the price."
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Hogan himself confirmed the price he's paid, when he said through his lawyers that his career is ruined during a court hearing in his native Florida earlier Thursday.
Since RadarOnline.com and The National ENQUIRER's world exclusive report of Hogan repeatedly using the N-word during a discussion with a lover, Hogan's been fired from WWE and suffered a tremendous hit to his once All-American, family-geared image.