Ric Flair’s surprise visit to the San Francisco 49ers last week rubbed some of the Carolina Panthers, specifically wide receiver Steve Smith, the wrong way.
But who really were upset by his visit were the Panthers fans.
The Panthers play their home games in Charlotte, N.C., which Flair considers his home. He headlined numerous cards for the National Wrestling Alliance in the Carolinas, specifically the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
The Panthers will meet the 49ers in Charlotte this weekend for the right to go to the NFC Championship game.
According to Flair’s representatives, the fans that voiced their displeasures of Flair openly supporting this weekend’s opponent took things a step too far, which brought about the decision for Flair to not attend the playoff game.
From the statement:
“He always been the ‘dirtiest player in the game’ — and some things never change.”
“A long time Carolina Panthers fan, Ric Flair created quite the stir when WWE sent him to Green Bay, Wisc. Jan. 5 to give the San Francisco 49ers an unexpected locker room pep talk. WWE is hosting WrestleMania XXXI in San Francisco in 2015. Now many are asking: Will Flair attend the Jan. 12 playoff game in Carolina as they host San Francisco? And if so, which team will he support?”
“The 49er pep talk, which instantly went viral, caused many Carolina fans to voice their feelings of anger and betrayal on social media — some even offering death to Flair.”
Flair even had his two cents in the statement saying, “What can I say? I’ve always been a very good heel!”
[h/t to CBSSports.com and SportingNews.com for the find]