So, remember earlier in the week when news came out that Ric Flair would not be attending Sunday’s San Francisco/Carolina NFC Divisional playoff game?
While receiving death threats from Panthers fans was a reason, there was also one major item omitted.
The Charlotte Business Journal explains…
“On July 3, Mecklenburg District Court Judge Christy T. Mann signed an order for the arrest of one Richard Fliehr on contempt of court violations. Legal documents show the former wrestler failed to meet the terms of a June 18 order.
That order called for the wrestler to pay $32,352.51 in unpaid post-separation support and legal fees by 5 p.m. on June 27 and maintain support of his estranged spouse’s car lease and insurance and health insurance, documents show.
Of note: the court order says Flair/Fliehr’s failure to meet the deadline means he would be required to turn himself in and “shall remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff until he pays all sums required…”
As of Thursday afternoon, a warrant for Flair’s arrest is still outstanding, according to the sheriff’s office. The next hearing is set for Jan. 24 in Mecklenburg County.”
Alas, if Flair appears in Charlotte, he’ll be arrested.
In other news, Panthers fans shouldn’t get too bent out of shape about Flair’s appearance to support the 49ers.
It was a business move by the WWE as well. It was announced in mid-December that the WWE will hold WrestleMania XXXI at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which will also be the need home of the San Francisco 49ers beginning next season.
Thus, enter Flair to promote the WWE and support the team that plays at WrestleMania’s host site in 2015.
Flair’s speech was a classic example of synergy.