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Lou Ferrigno -- Too Hip To Park

9/18/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's a damn good reason bodybuilding legend Lou Ferrigno was parked in a handicap space when he hit Gold's Gym in Venice a few days ago -- and it all has to do with Michael Jackson.

Lou Ferrigno

TMZ spoke with Ferrigno's wife, who told us the bodybuilding legend recently underwent a hip surgery -- not to mention he already has "a fake hip and two fake knees."

But here's the rub: Ferrigno -- who was Michael Jackson's personal trainer -- only scheduled his most recent hip surgery after following Michael's advice.

Ferrigno told us that while he was pumping MJ up for the ill-fated "This Is It" tour, Jackson encouraged him to do "Dancing with the Stars." Lou -- who knew he had a bad hip -- listened to MJ and met with the "Dancing" people.

Lou claims the "Dancing" people loved him -- so he decided to get hip surgery so he could be on the show. But Lou says after the surgery, the "Dancing" people "blew him off" and he was never officially invited to do the show.

So now Lou is still recovering from the surgery -- hence the handicap parking. But due to the fact that Lou told us he dominated the stair-stepper earlier this week ... we're assuming he'll be back to parking in a regular spot pretty soon.

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Jim Knaub    

It is not THAT he has a placard, or that he HAD hip and knee replacement surgery… the question is why would someone park in a Disabled Parking space if he can do 100 floors on a Stairmaster. If you do some research and look at the application for a “Handicapped Placard” you will see that there is no mention of hearing impartment because the parking spaces are for MOBILITY IMPARED individuals- that’s why the symbol is someone in a wheelchair… not a hearing impaired person. The stripped zone next to the parking space is so that MOBILITY IMPARED people can get their car door open wide enough to get a wheelchair, walker or any other mobility device out of their car. Also, the blue zone is there so that there is space enough for someone with a van and a wheelchair lift. NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED! If it is too dangerous for Lou to walk across a parking lot because he is hearing impaired then it is certainly too dangerous for him to drive. Yes… Lou has a disability, but does that give him the right to use a wheelchair accessible stall in a restroom? – NO!

1863 days ago
62.

to little    

Steroids will d that to you, the hip and knee replacements are all a side affect from roid abuse

1863 days ago
63.

sarah    

it's HANDICAPPED, not HANDICAP spot, just like it is ICED tea, CORNED beef, MASHED potatos, WHIPPED cream, etc. If you are a journalist, you should know these things.

1862 days ago
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PA WOMANIZER    

Lou parking in a handicap spot after hip surgery with tag visible in vehicle.... AND THE NEWS IS?

1862 days ago
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PA WOMANIZER    

F.Y.I.
Internet search: Handicap spot comes up under Wikipedia.
Internet search: Handicapped spot fails to come up under Wikipedia.
...... just sayin'.... not that you need to be literate when posting on TMZ web site.

1862 days ago
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