Ric Flair, a larger-than-life figure in the world of professional wrestling, is renowned for his exuberant and charismatic personality. His in-ring exploits and memorable catchphrases have made him a beloved icon among wrestling fans. While Flair is known for his fun-loving nature and zest for life, there are certain topics and boundaries that can elicit a different, more somber side of “The Nature Boy.” This became apparent recently when he walked out of a podcast show following insensitive comments about his late son, Reid Flair.
The incident unfolded on the “Kill Tony” podcast. It began as a typical roast-style show, with humor and playful banter. Flair appeared to be in good spirits initially, embracing the humorous tone of the program. However, as the podcast progressed, a shift in his demeanor became evident.
The turning point came when a comedian, who also served as an amateur wrestling coach, completed his segment. One of the show’s guests criticized the coach’s performance, specifically targeting his aspirations to become a wrestling commentator. It was at this juncture that Flair, recognizing a boundary he was unwilling to cross, decided to step into the conversation.
In a heartfelt and emotionally charged moment, Ric Flair shared that his late son, Reid, had been an amateur wrestler. With great sincerity, he offered a moving tribute to Reid, who tragically lost his life in 2013 due to a heroin overdose. The pain and sorrow of Reid’s passing remain a deeply emotional and sensitive subject for Flair.
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Flair’s voice quivered with emotion as he stated, “This is why I’m leaving after I say this. No, I’m sorry. I have more respect for people who take their time to support any youthful athletic event. My son was a great amateur wrestler; he died of a heroin overdose in 2013.”
While some of the podcast’s guests and the audience expressed their dismay over Flair’s departure, he further clarified his stance. Flair emphasized the importance of those who devote their time to nurturing young athletes’ dreams and helping them grow. He passionately asserted, “No, no, I don’t need to hear that. I’m over that. Anybody who can take the time away from their life to support kids and make them better, because I can tell you right now from personal experience because I believe in my heart.”
Regrettably, before he could complete his statement, Flair was interrupted by another guest on the podcast.
Ric Flair has consistently been open about the deep emotional connection he had with his late son, Reid. The tragic circumstances surrounding Reid’s untimely passing, occurring while Flair was briefly away, have left an indelible mark on the wrestling legend.
Before leaving the show, Flair seized the moment to address the broader issue of social media bullying. He criticized the negative impact of social media on individuals and society at large, asserting, “Social media has made the world crazy.” Flair expressed his discomfort with the show’s format and made a stand against humor that involves making derogatory comments about people.
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Ric Flair’s decision to exit the podcast served as a poignant reminder that even the most charismatic and resilient figures in the wrestling world have personal boundaries, especially when it comes to deeply emotional and sensitive subjects, such as the loss of a loved one.