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Woo! Ric Flair won’t attend Sunday’s 49ers-Panthers game

The Ric Flair-Carolina Panthers-San Francisco 49ers controversy may have come to an end Thursday.

In a statement through his agency, Flair said he would not attend Sunday’s game.

“What can I say? I’ve always been a very good heel!” Flair said in the statement.

Flair, a former long-time Charlotte resident, gave a pep talk to the 49ers before their game against the Packers and told the team his heart was with the 49ers. That frustrated many in Charlotte and complicated the “give me two claps and a Ric Flair” celebration the team has done in the locker room following wins this season.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was surprised at how much attention the story had received this week.

“Ric’s a good man and I’m excited that he’s friends with both of us,” Rivera said. “Ric’s a good dude. I’ve met him a couple of times and I’ve appreciated our conversations. It’s not that big a deal to me. I get it, I understand. And the best part about it is Ric doesn’t dress up and get on the field.”

In July, the Observer reported there was a warrant out for Flair’s arrest for not paying his estranged wife more than $32,000 in spousal support. A warrant for Flair’s arrest is still outstanding as of Thursday evening, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

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