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Radio show says it has tapes with threats to Hulk Hogan

CLEARWATER — Clearwater police are investigating two to five "vile and disgusting" telephone messages left for Hulk Hogan, according to an attorney for Hogan's son, Nick Bollea.

On Friday, police said they are investigating threatening phone calls made by a member of John Graziano's family to the Bollea family.

J. Kevin Hayslett, one of Nick Bollea's attorneys, confirmed Monday the messages were left for Hulk Hogan, who is also known as Terry Bollea.

Graziano was a passenger in Nick Bollea's speeding Toyota Supra when it crashed into a tree in Clearwater on Aug. 26.

Graziano, 23, a former Marine, suffered a serious head injury and is in a semiconscious state at Tampa's James A. Haley VA Medical Center. Nick Bollea, 17, is serving an eight-month jail sentence on a charge of reckless driving with serious bodily injury.

On Monday, the Bubba the Love Sponge Show said it obtained tapes that it said were the calls. A show producer said he couldn't say how the show obtained the tapes. The language used by the caller in the tapes is extremely obscene and graphic.

"Your kid's going to bleed," the caller said in the mostly unprintable rants.

In another message, the caller says, "every Marine, every gangsta, every lowlife, every crackhead and every scumbag, is going to be looking for you."

George Tragos, one of the lawyers representing John Graziano, said he doesn't know who made the recording because the caller does not identify himself.

Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said she wouldn't release any additional information Monday, citing an ongoing investigation.

Tamara El-Khoury can be reached at tel-khoury@sptimes.com and (727) 445-4181.

Radio show says it has tapes with threats to Hulk Hogan 06/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:47am]
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