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Monday, June 16, 2008


TMZ has obtained an audio of some threatening voicemails sent to Hulk Hogan by a person suspected to be Frank Caruso aka Frank Graziano.
Frank Caruso aka Frank Graziano is the half brother of John Graziano, who suffered serious head injuries in Nick Hogan’s August 2007 car crash.

Reports Foxnews, Profanity-laced rants voicemails were played by Hogan family friend and radio host "Bubba the Love Sponge" on his radio show Monday morning, and were said to contain the voice of Frank Caruso aka Frank Graziano, brother of John Graziano, who suffered serious head injuries when Hogan's son Nick Bollea crashed his 1998 Toyota Supra into a tree after street racing.

Click here to listen to audio tape of threatening voicemails sent to Hogan family by what appears to be Frank Caruso.

Click here for Bay News Nine video of John Caruso's rant on tape.

Radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem broadcast phone messages from a man insulting famed wrestler Hulk Hogan and his family, saying he wants his audience to know more about the people suing over an accident involving Hogan's son Nick. Clem said on his morning Tampa show today that the profanity-laced messages were left on Hogans' cell phone by a relative of John Graziano, 23, the Iraq war veteran who suffered severe brain damage in a crash blamed on Hogan's 17-year-old son Nick Bollea.

Edward Graziano, John's father, confirmed today that the voice is that of Frank Caruso, John's 32-year-old half-brother. Edward Graziano said Caruso is a child from his estranged wife's first marriage. Clem is a long-time friend of Hulk Hogan, but said on the air he wasn't necessarily acting as an advocate for Hogan. Rather, he said, he wanted to "get the word out" about people in the Graziano family and singled out Caruso.

He also chastised Tampa radio personality MJ Kelli, whose real name is Todd Schnitt, for giving Caruso a platform recently on Schnitt's show. Since Clem returned to the airwaves on WHPT, 102.5 FM, he has overtaken Schnitt in the Arbitron ratings in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market. Schnitt has a show on WFLZ , 93.3 FM.

The playing of the recordings today comes three days after Clearwater police confirmed they were investigating allegations that a member of the Graziano family had threatened Hulk Hogan and his family over the telephone.
Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts would not elaborate today on the investigation. No charges have been filed.

In a civil lawsuit, the guardian for John Graziano is seeking millions in damages from Nick Bollea and his parents. Bollea was sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading no contest to reckless driving in the Aug. 26 wreck that injured passenger Graziano. In the recordings played on the Bubba the Love Sponge show, the caller is heard insulting Hogan, also known as Terry Bollea; his estranged wife, Linda; the couple's daughter, Brooke; and Nick Bollea.

The caller speaks with bravado – "It's over," "You disrespected the wrong person," "You ain't nothing" – but no specific threats of violence are heard.
Bubba said his show obtained the recordings from an official source. He mocked Caruso on the air as a man pretending to be a tough guy.

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