The Charlotte Observer (charlotteobserver.com), which is the major newspaper where Ric Flair lived for many years, ran a poll on whether people want to forget Flair or forgive him for supporting the San Francisco 49ers during their playoff run, instead of the ‘hometown’ Carolina Panthers.
Flair, who moved from Charlotte to Atlanta or maybe Florida in recent months, according to the story, was invited by the San Francisco 49ers last weekend to give a motivational type speech to the team in Wisconsin the night before the 49ers played the host Green Bay Packers in a wild card round playoff game.
Flair thanked the 49ers and then said his heart is with them all the way to the end.
Inspired by Flair, the 49ers beat the Packers, and they now travel to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 12, which means the game is in Charlotte, where Flair was a long-time resident and treated like royalty, especially at sporting events. The Carolina/Charlotte fans and players loved him.
Flair has always been supportive of the Carolina sports’ teams, but it’s a wonder why he made the heel turn against his former hometown team.
Panthers receiver Steve Smith wasn’t pleased.
Flair told the Charlotte Observer he is friends with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and his heart is still with the Panthers, too.
FYI: WWE recently announced San Francisco as the host for its Super Bowl of sports entertainment/pro wrestling WrestleMania 31 in 2015 at Levi’s Stadium, the future lavish home of the 49ers.
Here is a link to the Charlotte Observer poll results and story.