Ric Flair Makes Statement on His WWE Departure

Ric Flair Issues Statement on Allegations from “Dark Side of the Ring”

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has issued a statement on allegations made against him during last Thursday’s Dark Side of the Ring episode on Vice TV, which covered WWE’s infamous “Plane Ride from Hell” from May 2002.

As we’ve noted, Flair has received significant backlash over his behavior during the flight, which was publicized again last Thursday on DSOTR. Tommy Dreamer has also received heat for his defense of Flair. You can click here for details on the backlash, and click here for news on Flair’s Car Shield ad campaign being paused, and click here for news on Flair losing a booking. Tommy Dreamer was suspended by Impact Wrestling for his comments on Flair made during the episode, as detailed here. Dreamer’s statement can be read here. You can click here for a new report on Dreamer being pulled from his gig as a Busted Open Radio co-host.

In an update, Flair issued a statement this evening and he continues to deny the main allegations. You can read his full statement below:

Every person that Ive worked with, from my lawyer to my publicist to my friends have said not to post a response; but Ive never run from past behaviors before and Im not going to start now.

I want to clarify a few things:

About four years ago, I gave ESPN full access to my life for a 30 for 30 special. They covered taxes, financial issues, adultery, divorces, the passing of my child and drinking/partying AT LENGTH.

Rory Kampf, desperate to matter for another 15 minutes, did an interview about it this morning. When Rorys lips are moving, hes typically lying, but one part of what he said was the Gods honest truth:

Id never heard that he had forced someone to touch his genitals, Karpf admitted. Everything with Ric that was construed as negative I tried to address in the 30 for 30. His drinking, his philandering, his adultery, his money problems, theres quite a bit, but never, at least in the people that I spoke to, no one ever brought up that he would force himself on somebody.

I allowed my personal life and the lives of my wife and children to be turned upside down for one reason: Whether its good or bad, even the really bad, the truth has to matter. Even in wrestling.

My issues have been well documented over my 40 year career. The impact of drinking too much (which nearly killed me 5 years ago) has been told time and time and time again. The reason Rory (or anyone else for that matter) never heard stories of me forcing myself on ANYONE is simple: it never happened.

 

Stay tuned for more.

(H/T to WrestlingInc for the statement)

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