Ric Flair gave a paid pep talk to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, and since then, the former wrestling sensation has been thrust back into the public spotlight. But Flair is a living legend in the Charlotte, N.C., and his visit to Wisconsin angered the Carolina Panthers, who have been using the Nature Boy’s trademark, “Woooooooooo” in the locker room after wins all season. Steve Smith, who owns a Flair robe, was one of the Panthers upset with the former heavyweight champion’s heel turn.
Ahead of this weekend’s 49ers visit to Carolina, Flair allegedly received death threats and issued a statement through his management company that he wouldn’t attend the game at Bank of America Stadium. Always the showman Flair said in the statement: “What can I say? I’ve always been a very good heel!”
Nice try, Ric. You couldn’t attend the game if you wanted to. The Charlotte Business Journal reported on Thursday that Flair still has an outstanding warrant in Mecklenburg County, N.C..
On July 3, Mecklenburg District Court Judge Christy T. Mann signed an order for the arrest of one Richard Fliehr on contempt of court violations. Legal documents show the former wrestler failed to meet the terms of a June 18 order.
That order called for the wrestler to pay $32,352.51 in unpaid post-separation support and legal fees by 5 p.m. on June 27 and maintain support of his estranged spouse’s car lease and insurance and health insurance, documents show.
Of note: the court order says Flair/Fliehr’s failure to meet the deadline means he would be required to turn himself in and “shall remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff until he pays all sums required…”
We had the story of his outstanding warrant here on The Big Lead back in July, too. Flair now lives in Atlanta, so if he showed up for the game on Sunday he could have been arrested.
Only in wrestling would death threats, real, fake or otherwise, be used to cover up unpaid alimony.