Bubba burns bridge, says Hulk Hogan knew of sex tape
TAMPA - Bubba the Love Sponge Clem used his show Tuesday to go on the attack against Hulk Hogan, who filed a lawsuit against the radio personality over a 2006 sex video. Clem, on WHPT (102.5 FM), spent the morning torching the bridge with his longtime friend and said Hogan was aware he was being recorded having sex with Clem's wife. Clem also said he has not seen the controversial video and wasn't responsible for it being leaked, although he said the sexual arrangement with the three was "consensual." Clem didn't dismiss the possibility that Hogan may have been involved in the video being leaked, although Hogan has denied that.On Monday, Hogan and his attorneys announced they were suing Clem, his now-former wife Heather Clem and the owners of Gawker.com, a website that posted the video. In the civil lawsuit filed in Pinellas County, Hogan claimed he did not know he was being filmed during the consensual encounter with Heather Clem and blamed the Clems for an "egregious invasion of privacy." "Now that you've filed a lawsuit, it's over," Clem told listeners, referring to his relationship with Hogan, who was best man at Clem's wedding and a godfather to his child. Heather Clem is said to be distraught over the video's release, and the shock jock said he was "disgusted" at what Hogan has done to her by filing the lawsuit. The Clems divorced in 2011. "I'm going to fight back for my family," Clem said, adding the suit was Hogan's attempt to get "me and my ex-wife to cover" his backside. "This goes right along the lines of his M.O. - 'I will not take responsibility for what I've done,' " Clem said of Hogan. "It's all denial - 'It's not my fault. I've been coddled and glad-handed all my life because I'm Hulk Hogan.' Really?" Clem told listeners that documents delivered Monday by Hogan's attorneys told him not to discuss the case on the air. Clem scoffed at that suggestion and added he planned to do interviews, including "The Howard Stern Show," where Hogan discussed the video last week. "We will be one the first to stand up to Hulk Hogan," he said. "You can't treat me like the average groupie." Clem also ripped Hogan for regularly calling the show in the past to air dirty laundry related to his divorce and a car crash involving his son. "It's a redemption to all the listeners that had to listen to all his self-serving infomercials," Clem said of the lawsuit. "He used our show as a poison pen mechanism for over 15 years."