Ric Flair Responds To Dark Side Of The Ring Allegations

Ric Flair has broken his silence on the allegations made against him on a recent episode of the TV series Dark Side of the Ring. As seen in The Plane Ride From Hell edition of the series, allegations were made towards Flair by Heidi Doyle, who was a flight attendant on the infamous flight back in 2002. Heidi Doyle has stated in the show that the former WWE star allegedly sexually assaulted her while on the flight.

Flair has been silent on social media since the Plane Ride From Hell episode had aired. On September 20th, Ric Flair posted the following on his Twitter page:

The full transcript of the statement can be seen below:

Every person that I’ve worked with 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 [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.

Due to the nature of these allegations, one of Ric Flair’s endorsements have been ‘paused’ until further notice. Car Shield have had a lengthy involvement with Flair in endorsing their services. Currently, this will not be continuing until further notice.

Ric Flair has also posted a further update to Wrestling Inc. in regards to other comments made in the Dark Side of the Ring episode:

To clarify, the “helicopter” as it was called, is accurate. 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.

H/t to Fightful for the use of transcription.

Featured image: CBR

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