It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to make fun of the Hogan family. Well, that’s not totally correct; they’re so tacky, selfish, and ridiculous that we can make fun of them any old day just for that. But they haven’t done anything super newsworthy lately – until yesterday. Hulk Hogan decided to get into it with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Linda’s divorce attorney. Outside of the courtroom. On camera.
Luckily it didn’t come to fisticuffs or anything, but there was a heated verbal altercation. And though Hulk definitely started it, I think Linda’s lawyer actually came off much worse.
An attorney for Hulk Hogan’s wife got into a verbal sparring match with the former professional wrestler outside a courtroom and asked if Hogan was going to wrestle him. The spat started when lawyer Ray Rafool was answering questions about the divorce case for television cameras. He spoke after a hearing Thursday in which a judge granted the release of $225,000 in frozen assets for Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea.
While Rafool spoke to the media, the towering Hogan tried to interject a comment from behind a row of cameras and reporters. “Are you gonna to wrestle with me here?” Rafool said loudly. “Are you gonna come across the cameras? Then be quiet.”
“It’s a free world,” Hogan replied. “No, it’s not a free world,” Rafool said. “It’s called professionalism.” The attorney, who had recently accepted an autograph from Hogan for his son, then delivered a stinging blow to any World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler: “You’re an actor. You’re acting now.” “I hope your son enjoys the autograph,” Hogan said. “Thank you Hulkamaniac brother.”
Hogan’s attorney joined in and continued arguing with Rafool. The former wrestler, who was on crutches because of recent back surgery, left a few minutes later. “I guess I get the feeling of what it’s like to be on the WWE now,” he said.
Rafool had cooled off when The Associated Press reached him by phone Friday. “It got much more heated than I would have preferred,” Rafool said. “Some of it was a little tongue-in-cheek about the wrestling. He was smiling and laughing. I was, too.” David Houston, Hogan’s attorney, said his client spoke up because, “He felt that every dime they have was being dissipated by virtue of the divorce proceeding.”
[From the AP via the Huffington Post]
Tongue-in-cheek implies that there’s a bit of joking, which is definitely how Rafool is trying to play it off to the AP. But when you watch the video it’s clear that wasn’t what was happening. He was smiling, but in a jerky, smirking way. It wasn’t a friendly smile. I don’t wish either of the Hogans a moment of happiness in their lives, so it’s hard to root for anyone in this little debacle. But it does sound like they both have hotheaded, unprofessional lawyers, which will definitely work to their disadvantage in the end. And that makes me happy enough.