Former 'Hogan Knows Best' star Nick 'Hogan' Bollea released from jail
By John Bracchitta, 10/21/2008
Former Hogan Knows Best star Nick "Hogan" Bollea was released from jail early Tuesday morning.
The 18-year-old son of wrestler and Hogan Knows Best patriarch Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea was released from Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, FL at about 12:30AM after serving 166 days of the eight-month sentence he received after pleading no contest to a reckless driving charge in May, the Tampa Tribune reported Tuesday morning.
Upon his release, Bollea was greeted by sister -- and Brooke Knows Best star -- Brooke Hogan, who ran up and hugged him before they got in a car and headed home.
Neither Bollea's father nor his mother Linda Bollea were present at his release, according to Tampa Bay's Fox affiliate WTVT-TV, however the family released a statement asking for privacy early this morning.
"This is our time as a family to come together to support Nick's adjustment back into the public life keeping it as normal as possible. Neither Nick, nor we as a family, has any interest in making this anything but private. We respect the media's role and only ask that they respect our privacy," read a copy of the statement obtained by the Tribune.
"Nick went into prison as a juvenile and has experienced something that will mold and affect him for the rest of his adult life. His focus is to make a positive difference in this world, media free. Since his future actions will speak louder than any words, there is no need to speak to the media at this time," the statement continued.
While vague, the statement would seem to contradict an earlier jailhouse discussion in which Bollea had told his father he wanted to star in a new reality show "the minute" he was released from jail.
Bollea plead no contest to reckless driving charges in May that had stemmed from an August 2007 car accident that left Bollea's passenger and friend John Graziano -- a former Marine who served in Iraq -- with a broken skull and other severe injuries that require lifetime medical care.
After beginning his sentence in solitary confinement, Bollea had transferred out into a cell he shared with three other juvenile offenders in June.
On his 18th birthday in July, Bollea was transferred a second time into the prison's general population.