Ric Flair has issued not one, but two statements this week regarding the sexual assault allegations made against him in the latest episode of The Dark Side of the Ring. Flair was accused of stripping naked on a flight, wearing only his robe, and physically forcing a flight attendant to touch his genitals.
Flight Attendant Tells Troubling Story Of Being Sexually Abused By WWE Legend Ric Flairhttps://t.co/USZjclf6GJ
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) September 17, 2021
Ric Flair released two statements attempting to defend his actions.
The first statement was issued late on Monday.
“Every person that I’ve worked with, from my lawyer to my publicist to my wife has said to not post a response; but I’ve never run from past behaviors before and I’m 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 Karpf, desperate to matter for another 15 minutes, did an interview about it this morning. When Rory’s lips are moving, he’s typically lying, but one part of what he said was the God’s honest truth:
“‘I’d 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, there’s 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 it’s 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.”
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 21, 2021
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Then earlier today Ric Flair issued another statement, this time to Wrestling Inc.
“To clarify, the ‘helicopter’ as it was called, is accurate,” admitted Flair. “I wish I could blame it on youth, but it was a case of drinking too much and being inappropriate and I apologize for that (and have countless times over the years).
“I made some bad decisions during dark periods in my life, and it is something I’ve spent a significant part of years I was given by the doctors in 2017 trying to make right.
“I condemn sexual assault in any way, shape or form. I could (and have) written books (as have others) that have covered my transgressions. I’ve made some terrible decisions, but I’ve never forced myself on anyone in any way. Period.”
.@RicFlairNatrBoy: "I wish I could blame it on youth, but it was a case of drinking…some bad decisions during dark periods in my life, and it is something I’ve spent a significant part of years I was given by the doctors in 2017 trying to make right…"https://t.co/85O6Kfk2Jl
— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) September 21, 2021
You can’t blame things on alcohol, especially when people know what it does to you.
Time for Ric to lay low for a while. . .