Nick Hogan Gets Crash Course in Justice
Stone-faced and shaky, Hulk Hogan‘s son, Nick, stood before a Florida judge to face the music after pleading no contest to a charge of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury, one he initially intended to fight.
“Every single day I think about the accident—and pray for John every chance I get,” said Hogan, whose real name is Nick Bollea. “There will never be a day in my life where I ever will forget this. I know for a fact that I’ve apologized to the Grazianos—I do genuinely mean that, I’m terribly sorry.”
This after tearful testimony from the family and friends on both sides of Nick’s onetime best buddy, 22-year-old decorated Marine John Graziano, who had just served a tour in Iraq and remains on his back with brain injuries. Hulk saw Graziano as “just another part of my family,” while Nick’s big sis Brook—a reality star in her own right and wearing an oddly chosen little black dress showing patches of bare shoulder—told the judge she was in court “to defend both of my brothers.”
Nick himself turned to look the Grazianos in the eye and said, “I will never, ever be able to say I’m sorry enough…but I am terribly sorry.”
John’s father took the podium and countered that he recalled Nick’s “antics” whenever he visited his hospitalized friend to that of “skateboarding down hallways and shooting dartguns, showing his lack of consideration for anyone’s life but his own.”
Still, the families were united in support of Nick’s about-face decision to accept his fate and asked for no more than a year in jail. Pinellas County judge Philip Federico took it from there: eight months in county jail, five years’ probation with no drinking for the duration, 500 hours of community service, no license for three years and DUI school.
The onetime Hogan Knows Best star went straight into custody to begin serving his sentence…yet there remains no end in sight for the Grazianos.