Hulk Hogan defends his son

Filed under: Teens, Celeb Kids, Celeb Parents, Media

When the car driven by Hulk Hogan's son jumped a median, spun out of control and smashed into a palm tree in Clearwater, Florida last month, there were witnesses who say that 17-year old Nick Hogan had been racing another car immediately before the crash. A few even speculated that Nick and his father were racing each other. Not only does Hulk dismiss that claim, he says he is convinced his son wasn't chasing anybody and that the whole thing was just a tragic accident.

The police aren't saying much, other than to say that alcohol wasn't involved and to confirm that Nick's Toyota Supra was going at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. But Hulk is talking and blaming the media for being too hard on his son. He tells The Insider, "It's just so unfair. Just the way the media jumped on my son and just the way they portrayed him. From my gut, it's something that has torn two families apart, and we're just so close to John's family." Hogan is referring to the claims that Nick is an adrenaline junkie with a bad driving record.

"I'm trying to tell my son to stay strong, because at the end of the day, when all the facts are in, it was an accident," he said.

You know what I think is unfair? That Nick is home with his family while the passenger in his car, 22-year-old John Graziano, is still in the hospital in critical condition and might be brain damaged. Maybe Hulk didn't mean to come off as whiny and self-serving, but that's exactly what he did. Even if Nick wasn't chasing anybody, he was speeding. In my mind, that makes him responsible for the 'accident' and dad isn't doing him any favors by letting him off the hook.

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