Hulk Hogan says he's not racist ... and neither is his restaurant ... so he's putting the HURT on a controversial dress code at his Tampa eatery ... that appears to target black people.
We talked to Hulk about the sign posted at Hogan's Beach ... barring anyone who wears excessively baggy attire, low-hanging pants, do-rags, bandanas, oversized or excessive jewelry -- all stuff popular with the urban crowd.
Hulk -- who doesn't own the eatery but licenses his name to it -- tells us he called the restaurant's managers personally ... and demanded the sign be taken down -- permanently ... and they agreed.
Hogan says the dress code was modeled after ones used at Las Vegas and Miami pool parties -- He says it was never meant to be racist, but understands some people take it that way ... so he 86'd it.
Hulk Hogan's Restaurant
Don't Dress Like a Black Guy
9/25/2014 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hulk Hogan's got a cool beach restaurant in Florida -- but if you wanna enjoy a "coconut ginger mojito" during a concert at the eatery ... you better not show up dressing like an urban stereotype.
Check out the dress code outside Hogan's Beach in Tampa -- which essentially bars people who wear clothes popular with the black community.
The Hulk no-no's include:
-- No oversized t-shirts extending past the mid thigh
-- No excessively baggy attire
-- No low hanging pants or shorts
-- No hats facing sideways or back facing
-- No oversized or excessive jewelry
-- No camouflage (unless with military ID)
-- No workout clothing (including track suits, jump suits, sweat pants or basketball shorts)
-- No high-top sneakers
And get this ... if you plan to wear a do-rag or a bandana, FORGET ABOUT GETTING IN ... uhhh, Hulk's wearing one ON THE FRIGGIN' SIGN!!!!
We spoke with an employee at the restaurant, who said you can wear just about anything for lunch or dinner, but the dress code is strictly enforced during concert events. When we asked him about wearing oversized jewelry, he said, "I don't want to sound stereotypical ..." and then he trailed off.
We spoke with Hulk, who says he licenses his name to the restaurant but didn't know about the dress code and he's looking into it right now.
By the way, check out the promotional video for the restaurant -- no black people. However, there is a white dude wearing the FORBIDDEN camouflage shorts.
No word if he had military ID.
Linda Hogan's Ex
I Got Hosed ...
On Her Boat
8/2/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linda Hogan's ex-BF Charlie Hill claims she made him do a bunch of grunt work for free -- and we uncovered photos of him breaking a sweat aboard her yacht ... during their happier days.
TMZ broke the story ... Hill is suing Hogan for $1.5 mil, claiming she never gave him a dime for all the labor he put in during their 4-year relationship.
In these 2010 pics ... Charlie's relegated to hauling in a hose on her yacht -- aptly named Alimoney (bet Hulk Hogan must love that).
The Love Boat this ain't.
My Ex BF is a Leech and an Ingrate
8/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linda Hogan is scoffing at her ex-BF's claim he was treated and paid like a day laborer during their relationship, saying he lived in the lap of luxury the entire time they were banging.
Sources very close to the former couple tell us ... the then 48-year-old ex-wife of Hulk Hogan paid full freight for then 19-year-old Charlie Hill ... from his wardrobe, to his food, to lavish vacations ... even an allowance.
We're told Linda is steaming over Charlie's $1.5 million lawsuit ... demanding money for the chores he performed, including waxing her yacht, fertilizing 25 acres of avocado trees and supervising a chain saw gang.
Linda says Charlie never had a real job during their entire 4-year relationship. She's especially irked about the boat waxing business, saying he wanted to become a boat captain and she paid for classes to get him certified. And waxing is part of the deal, right?
Linda's lawyer Ray Rafool tells us, "Linda is embarrassed for Charlie and can't believe he'd say such things considering the relationship they had."
The relationship, we're guessing, is defined by a math problem: How many times does 19 go into 48?
Linda Hogan's Ex BF
She Treated Me Like a Day Laborer
7/31/2014 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linda Hogan treated her 19-year-old boyfriend like a guy holding up a sign at Home Depot ... this according a lawsuit he filed against her for $1.5 MILLION for his menial labor.
You'll recall ... Linda -- then 48 -- started dating 19-year-old Charlie Hill after she split from hubby Hulk Hogan.
Charlie claims in his lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Linda took advantage of their relationship and made him do all sorts of things, including wax the yacht, dig a creek and fertilize 25 acres of avocado trees.
Charlie's list of laborious chores goes on and on ... pulling reeds from the lake, construction, landscaping and running a chain saw team.
Charlie does not mention in the lawsuit ... he was living off Linda in a Simi Valley mansion on a lake.
But there's a twist. We've learned Linda and Charlie struck a settlement when they split -- he promised confidentiality and she let him keep his truck, dirt bike and the engagement ring he gave her. And he got $9K.
We're told Linda is now furious ... because Charlie did an interview violating the confidentiality agreement.
So Linda's lawyer, Ray Rafool, has filed a lawsuit against Charlie asking for an order gagging him. We reached out to Linda's rep, Gary Smith ... he had no comment.
My Stolen Boot
Has Been Returned
3/20/2014 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hulk Hogan's stolen boot has found its way home ... thanks in part to your good friends at TMZ.
The Hulkster tells TMZ the boot was returned today by one of the women involved in the theft. We're told the husband of one of the women involved (it's unclear which) saw TMZ's story about the theft and pressured the group to come clean.
According to Hulk, the woman who took the boot had returned home to Michigan, but left it in the car of one of the other women ... who lives in nearby Tampa. When the women called the store to say they would return the boot, the store then called the cops ... who were waiting when the woman arrived with the boot.
The woman who returned the boot was not arrested, but we're told a warrant has been issued back in Michigan for the woman who actually lifted the boot.
Hulk Hogan Surveillance Video
Caught on Tape!
3/20/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The women who walked off with an expensive piece of memorabilia from Hulk Hogan's shop in Florida were all caught on camera ... and TMZ has the surveillance video.
As we first reported, Hogan filed a police report Wednesday in Clearwater after he claimed four women conspired to steal a valuable piece of Hulkamania memorabilia ... a signed boot.
In the video, you can see the women make their way into the Hogan's Beach Shop ... and then congregate around the front desk clerk. Then something happens outside and the clerk, followed by four women, leaves the store to investigate.
But cameras pick up one of the women walking back into the store, walking straight to the back of the store, snatching the boot ... and calmly walking out. Cops described the woman as "a heavyset female in her 50s."
The investigation is ongoing.
BIG Girl Thieves
RIPPED OFF My Store!
3/19/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hulk Hogan's Florida beach shop was hit by three chicks who distracted the manager ... while a fourth made off with a signed boot. Simple, and effective.
Hogan tells TMZ his staff discovered one of the pieces of Hulk memorabilia -- a signed wrestling boot -- went missing. But a quick look at surveillance video solved the mystery.
Here's what happened ... four girls came in and chatted up the manager. After luring the manager to the front of the store, one of the four snuck back in and lifted the boot. Someone who has seen the video tells TMZ ... the women are large and in charge.
Hulk tells us he's planning to file a police report today and hand over the surveillance video. He also says the girls showed off Michigan IDs to the manager, so they're probably in town for spring break.
Clearwater PD tells TMZ they are investigating the theft. They say the shoe was taken by "a heavyset white female in her 50s" -- while a worker got distracted by someone knocking over a statue of Hogan outside the store.
WHOLE FAM SUPPORTS WWE COMEBACK
... Except My Ex!
2/23/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
When Hulk Hogan makes his long awaited return the WWE, his entire family will be there to support him ... with one big, blonde exception ... so says Hulks son.
After we broke the story that Hulk inked a deal to come back to the McMahon family business for Wrestlemania XXX ... TMZ Sports spoke with Hulk's son Nick who tells us he's pumped!
"The energy of him coming back is just insane!"
Nick says he'll be ringside to support his dad ... so will his sister Brooke -- but as for his mom Linda ... it's clear Hulk shouldn't reserve an extra seat for his ex.
Still, Nick -- who's blowin' up on the EDM scene -- tells us he's so excited for his pop, he's gonna work on a remix for the Hulkster's legendary intro music.
"Fight for what's right, FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE"!
Paul Walker Wanted
To Help My Son Prevent Street Racing
12/10/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker knew damn well how dangerous it is to race high-performance cars on the road ... because he was about to join the fight to stop illegal street racing ... this according to Hulk Hogan's ex-wife.
Linda Hogan was in Thousand Oaks, CA last week when she told us Paul and her son, Nick Hogan, bonded over their love of race cars ... and says they had big plans.
After Nick's infamous street racing accident in 2007, he started a charity called "Keep it On the Track" -- and Linda says Paul was going to team up with Nick to spread the word about keeping high-performance race cars ON designated race tracks, and OFF streets.
Paul and Nick also had something fun in the works -- watch the clip, Linda says it was all about "their toys."
Calls Off Engagement
With NFL Boyfriend
11/22/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eat your vitamins and say your prayers brothers ... 'cause TMZ has learned Brooke Hogan is officially single again.
Sources close to Brooke tell us Hulk's daughter ended her engagement to Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa a few weeks ago ... after he proposed in Vegas back in June.
We're told Brooke realized things had moved way too fast, too soon ... so she decided to call it quits and focus on her music -- before making things official forever.
Our sources say Hogan recently moved back to L.A. to put the finishing touches on her new album ... and she wanted to be closer to Momma Hogan.
Brooke posted this ringless photo a few days ago.
Looks like she won't have much trouble finding a rebound dude.
In Miley Cyrus Spoof Video
10/4/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whatcha' gonna do, brother -- when Hulk Hogan puts his 60-year old ass into a THONG and rides a wrecking ball around like Miley Cyrus?!!
You're probably gonna watch the video. We did.
Now for the back story: Hulk's a partner in a new web hosting company called Hostamania (which is trying to compete with Go Daddy) ... and he wanted to do something big to draw attention to the biz.
Naturally, the wrestler decided the only logical move was to strip down to a G string and wiggle around his evenly-tanned butt cheeks on video.
Your move, Ultimate Warrior ...
ANOTHER Bloody Boating Accident
9/16/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hulk Hogan should probably consider a land hobby ... 'cause the wrestling legend says he was involved in another freak boating accident this weekend that left him covered in blood.
Hogan tweeted about the incident last night, writing, "How come everytime we go out on the boat someone ends up bleeding?"
He then explained, "Today both me and Dr. Crespo ended up covered in blood, the windshield on my boat exploded because of the wind and speed on the water, crazy."
Hogan says he wasn't even using his fastest boat at the time of the accident.
So far, Hogan hasn't posted any of the boat damage or any physical damage sustained in the accident -- but he's tweeting, so it can't be too bad.
Of course, it ain't the first time Hulk's been involved in a nasty boating accident -- he burned the living crap out of his hand earlier this year when the radiator on one of his boats exploded.