Ric Flair issues statement in response to Dark Side of the Ring episode

Coming out of Dark Side of the Ring's 'Plane Ride From Hell' episode, Ric Flair issued a statement concerning the accusations

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Ric Flair responds to the Dark Side of the Ring episode.

Last week, Dark Side of the Ring resumed season three of their program with an episode about the ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ that took place in May 2002. Heidi Doyle, one of the flight attendants was featured on the episode and she recalled an encounter she had with Flair on the flight back to the U.S.

Doyle claimed that while Flair was walking around naked on the plane, he went up to her and made her touch his genitals. Rob Van Dam added that he saw Flair crowding Doyle in the back of the plane. Flair took to social media and addressed the claims and below is his statement:

Every person that I’ve worked with, from my lawyer to my publicist to my wife has said not to 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 Kampf, 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 did hear about him exposing himself, which to me is still troubling, very troubling behavior, and that is addressed in the 30 for 30.”

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 five 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.

Tommy Dreamer defended Flair and added additional comments on the Dark Side of the Ring episode which led to him being suspended from IMPACT Wrestling and removed from his position on Busted Open Radio.

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