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Before we jump in to Ric's blatant alcoholism, let's reflect on another outlandish Flair claim made earlier this year. Surely you remember when he dropped the whole sleeping with 10,000 women bomb, right? The idea of 68-year-old Ric Flair having sex with 10,000 women is damn near nauseating. It's not that it wouldn't be a pretty badass accomplishment or anything, it's that that, erm, it's freakin' Ric Flair, man. Gross! The initial claim was reported by TMZ Sports back in September stating that, "Nature Boy reportedly confessed about his 5-figure conquest while shooting a 30 for 30 special for ESPN". The special premiered on ESPN last night.
Flair has since retracted his statement, sort of. Ric insists that his "body count" is in fact, 10,000 women, but he wishes he'd kept that information on the down low, so to speak. Ric was worried that his grandkids would get wind of their Grandpappy's reputation and perhaps think less of him. Definitely a solid reason to pull the story, we'd say. As per Bleacher Report:
"What I said was the truth, but I feel bad now that I said some of it. Ten thousand women," Flair said. "I wish I hadn't said that because of my grandkids."
Of course, we can't forget his fiancée chiming in with absolutely no chill. To be fair, it was the perfect response and we'd like submit this as one of the best tweets of 2017:
Ric Flair's fiancee. No chill. pic.twitter.com/ThOwLvnbdW— Fightful.com (@FightfulOnline) September 27, 2017
With the 30 for 30 episode having aired last night, more information came about that seems somehow even more ridiculous than sleeping with 10,000 women. That being said, we're more inclined to believe it. This time, Flair described an exchange with a therapist detailing his over 20 year long bout with alcohol. We're talking 20 years consistently! Below you'll find the exchange between Ric and his one time therapist. As per For The Win:
“[The psychologist asked] ‘How much do you drink a day?’
I said, ‘I’ll drink at least 10 beers, and probably five mixed drinks.’
He said, ‘Well, how many days a week do you do that?’
I said, ‘Every day.’
He said, ‘Well, how do you mean every day?’
I said, ‘I work every day. I drink a beer in the car, I get to the hotel and I drink vodka.’
He came out of his chair and (he said), ‘You drink every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you’ve been doing that for how long?’
I said, ‘Well, let me see. It’s 1989, I started in ’72, you do the math. Almost 20 years.’
He said, ‘That’s not possible.’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, it is.’
By the time I got through with that son of a [expletive], he was laying on the couch and I was on the chair talking to him.”
Often times, as fans, we're encouraged to remember that people like Ric are merely playing a character on television or feeding into a persona. Except in Ric's case — he's not. There was so much crossover between his real life and his Nature Boy image, that well, it nearly killed him. We're just happy to see that he's managed to keep trucking along all these years. Good for you, Ric! Keep living your best life.
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