From the theater of the absurd comes a new story involving professional wrestling legend, man about town, and newly minted 49ers fan Ric Flair.
Representatives of the 16-time world champion stated on Thursday that Flair would not be attending Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game between the 49ers and Panthers in part due to death threats issued by Carolina Panthers fans.
“When the 49ers reached out and WWE asked Ric to jet up there, of course he said yes,” says Melinda Morris Zanoni, Flair’s agent at Legacy Talent and Entertainment, “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!” added Flair.
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 threats to Flair. “We know fans are passionate about their teams, but some of the choice language we have been receiving is scaring off our interns,” says Melinda.
If it was 1986 and people actually thought this was real, I’d kind of understand.
However, you may have noticed in your spare time that it’s 2014.
In a related story, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t as worried about Flair as Panthers fans.