Hulk Hogan: Jailed Son Nick 'Is in God's Hands'
06/11/2008 AT 01:15 PM EDT
Hulk Hogan broke his silence on his son's imprisonment and his wife’s new relationship on Larry King Live Tuesday.
"He made a mistake," Hogan said of his son Nick Bollea, 17, who pled no contest after a reckless driving incident last August that left his friend, John Graziano, in critical condition. Bollea is currently serving an eight-month sentence in a Florida jail.
Hogan broke down when discussing the difficulties his family has faced over the last several months. "Yeah, it's been hard," he said. "The main focus is my son, my children and John Graziano. This is in God's hands. Things happen for a reason. This is to make Nick a better person. This is, in my belief, this is to make John a better person. Like I said before, it’s God’s will, where we’re at.”
The wrestler also addressed the jailhouse tapes that were released to the media, in which Hogan and his son discuss a possible future reality show. “[Will] you get that thing lined up so the minute I walk out of wherever I walk out of, it’s there, boom?” Bollea can be heard asking Hogan on the tapes.
“I just wish someone would play the two hours before, or the hour after, and please put everything in the proper context,” Hogan told King, visibly frustrated. In the conversation before that excerpt, he went on, “I was trying to keep [Nick’s] spirits up, trying to get him to move forward.”
Hogan acknowledged that in such a turbulent year – he and his wife Linda split after 23 years together – "it is a constant soul searching mission ... for everything just to disappear on me, for my wife to file for divorce and the marriage to be broken long before that, and then the accident happened and the civil case, and my son getting put in jail ... I just soul searched figuring out what could I have done. It's just hard."
As for his estranged wife Linda, Hogan confirmed her new relationship with a younger man and denied reports that he is dating a friend of his daughter Brooke. "[The woman] that I'm dating is 34 years old and it's not one of Brooke's friends," he said, "and from the reports I'm hearing, my wife is dating a 19-year-old." But, he added, "Larry, at this point my only focus is on John and Nick. Linda has her own life, and her own agenda."
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