UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Hulk Hogan admitted publicly for the first time Thursday that he used steroids for 13 years "to get big" and that wrestling promoter Vincent McMahon Jr.'s secretary sometimes placed orders for him to get the drug.
Testifying under immunity in McMahon's trial, Hogan also said he discussed steroids with the promoter and on occasion ordered some from doctors for McMahon's personal use.
But McMahon, who transformed the professional wrestler into a multimillion-dollar marketing phenomenon, never directed him to use steroids, Hogan said.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, said about 80 percent of the wrestlers he knew during the 1980s used steroids, commonly known as "juice" or "gas."
In the past, the aspiring actor and co-star of the syndicated TV show "Thunder in Paradise" said that he used steroids only to treat injuries.
During televised World Wrestling Federation matches, Hogan was presented as a role model.
McMahon, 48, owner of the WWF, is charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids and possession with intent to distribute.