According to Bleacher Report, Ric Flair had received a bunch of death threats from Carolina Panthers fans for giving the San Francisco 49ers a pep talk before their Wild Card matchup with the Green Bay Packers last weekend. The whole situation rubbed Carolina fans and Panthers players the wrong way, despite it’s grand gesture. In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Panthers Wide Receiver Steve Smith said the following; “As a guy who actually has a Ric Flair robe I’m real disappointed in seeing that. Real disappointed. I’m not sure if he’ll (Flair) get the invite here. That Golden Gate Bridge has been burned.”
Although Flair is a legend in his hometown in Charlotte, he is an local icon to many, but it ‘s childish to utilize death threats on someone who has more money than them and can support any team he wants. In fact, Flair did Public Service Announcements at Panthers games for many years and was known as a rabid Panthers fan until his DUI arrest years ago. The Panthers organization pulled the plug of Flair’s PSA’s because they wanted to be a family-friendly franchise. It had lead to fans that Flair has a vendetta against the NFL franchise. We do not know for sure. But as a wrestling fan as well as a devoted football fan (Majority of my family are Jets fans, most of my family are devoted Giants fans as well as yours truly) I respect the fan’s opinion and disregard the threats made against Ric Flair because it makes no sense to do things like that.
Like all of us Americans, I will be watching the game with vested interest and hope that no fan, football or wrestling, would make any threat against anybody just because they root for a team they didn’t like.
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