Last Saturday, Ric Flair made a surprise appearance at the 49ers’ hotel ahead of their wild-card matchup with the Packers. Not only did we get to see vintage Nature Boy but 49ers tackle Anthony Davis even managed to sneak in a shot at Appleton, Wisc. But Panthers wideout Steve Smith was unimpressed by Flair, who is extremely popular in the Carolinas, and his decision to give the 49ers a pre-game pep talk. “As a guy who actually has a Ric Flair robe I’m real disappointed in seeing that,” Smith told the Charlotte Observer.
“Real disappointed. I’m not sure if he’ll (Flair) get the invite here. That Golden Gate Bridge has been burned.” It gets worse. Via Flair’s representatives (by way of Sporting News): “The 49er pep talk, which instantly went viral, caused many Carolina fans to voice their feelings of anger and betrayal on social media — some even offering death threats to Flair. ‘We know fans are passionate about their teams, but some of the choice language we have been receiving is scaring off our interns,’ says Melinda Morris Zanoni, Flair’s agent at Legacy Talent and Entertainment.
Poor Ric Flair. You know that when he agreed to do the Niners pep talk he had no idea that they were going to play the Panthers if they won. There’s just no chance he understood that. Seeding, and matchups, and NFL Playoffs. None of that crossed his mind. None of it. He just saw someone wanted the Nature Boy and was willing to pay him and he hopped on the next flight to Green Bay. Now his hometown is sending him death threats and telling him to fuck off and he still probably hasn’t grasped the fact that the Niners and Panthers play in the same conference and everyone in the world saw that match-up coming. Brutal.
Oh and super sick burn by Steve Smith right there.
That Golden Gate Bridge has been burned
Crushing tie in between his relationship with Ric Flair and the most iconic San Francisco attraction. Absolutely crushing.