Updated: July 24, 2015 1:10 PM ET | Originally published: July 24, 2015 12:05 PM EDT

Hulk Hogan apologized for his use of the N-word on Friday, shortly after news emerged that World Wrestling Entertainment had severed ties with him.

In a statement to People, Hogan said, “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”

A 2012 radio interview recently emerged in which Hogan used the N-word several times, but Hogan’s apology seems to be referring to another instance of the slur—he used it in a sex tape that was released in 2012, but filmed several years earlier.

Dennis Rodman tweeted a defense of Hogan Friday afternoon:

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