Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Charlotte native and former professional wrestler Ric Flair will not be attending Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers, according to a statement he released Thursday.
Flair was the center a controversy earlier this week after video surfaced of him in Green Bay giving the 49ers a locker room pep talk before their playoff game Jan. 5 against the Packers.
“When the 49ers reached out and WWE asked Ric to jet up there, of course he said yes,” said Melinda Morris Zanoni, Flair’s agent. “And he’s friends with a bunch of the 49ers just like he is with the Panthers, Packers, and many other NFL players. But no, Ric does not intend on attending the Panthers vs. 49ers game this weekend.”
“What can I say? I’ve always been a very good heel,” said Flair in the statement.
The 49ers 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 threats to Flair, according to Morris.
“We know fans are passionate about their teams, but some of the choice language we have been receiving is scaring off our interns,” she said.
Click here to read about Flair’s locker room pep talk for the 49ers.
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