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Ric Flair Threatens Lawsuit

Boozing Has Not

Damaged My Heart

8/26/2011 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Wrestling icon Ric Flair is FURIOUS over an article which claims the Nature Boy is suffering from a serious medical condition caused by years of hardcore boozing ... because Ric claims it's NOT TRUE and now he's threatening to sue.

The unflattering article -- which paints Flair as a troubled, irresponsible mess of a person -- ran on an ESPN affiliated website called Grantland.com ... and the report is mostly based on court documents.

But Flair is particularly pissed about the reporter's claim that he suffers from Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy -- a disease caused by years of alcohol abuse which often leads to heart failure.

A rep for Flair -- -- whose real name is Richard Fliehr -- tells TMZ, "While the information gleaned from courthouse records may be credible, Mr. Fliehr is currently evaluating his legal options with respect to falsehoods in the story, specifically the untrue statement that he suffers from alcoholic cardiomyopathy."

The rep adds, "Our client understands that these allegations are part of the territory when you are not only famous, but a living legend."


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1.

Eric Anderson    

My belief is that Mr. Flair is suffering from drinking soda pop named "Big Red" due to the look of his fingers, all red and that! WHooooo! Where is the Dr. Pepper? Whoooo! Hey pal (Mr. Flair) did you excape from Obregon Mexico n a boat back to Bufalo, New York?

1072 days ago
2.

Mike Litoris    

He hangs out in my town (for some reason) quite a bit and he does like his drink. Helluva nice guy though.

1072 days ago
3.

Justin    

I like how TMZ tries to find the worst pictures they can when they post a "story." I'm sure they tried to find one where he was in an even sweatier shirt.

1072 days ago
4.

S D M F    

To be the man, you have to beat the man...Hic Hup Hic Hup!

1072 days ago
5.

Horndog    

What's the deal with his right hand?

1072 days ago
6.

Justin    

That's not Big Red. It's beet juice. And they wouldn't sell him the wizard either.

1072 days ago
7.

Joseph    

Couldn't a better picture of him be used then one from a snap shot during a wrestling show where he is sweaty and bloody?
Wow... any whay... Woooooooo.....

1072 days ago
8.

wtf    

WOOOOOO!!!

pal, you had best hope and pray that The Natch is happy to just sue your dumb ass, cuz if The Real World Champ decides to jump in his Limo with 16-17 of his favorite gorgeous babes, ride to the airport to fly in his private jet to your home town, and you wind up face to face wit RIC FLAIR- WOOOOOO!!!- the glimmer from his Rolex is gonna blind you right before he CHOPS your left nipple off! WOOOOOO!!!!

1072 days ago
9.

doctorernestprimeau69    

Back in the mid-80's I threw an aluminum hot dog wrapper from the balcony of Cleveland's public hall and nailed Ric Flair right in the noggin.

He tried to act like nothing happened, shaking that bleach blond hairdo around and stuff, but I'm sure I humiliated him big time.

1072 days ago
10.

Kyle G    

I see Ric Flair at the Harris Teeter at Morrocroft in South Park nearly every other day and he looks fine. He chats with me from time to time and he looks and seems healthy as a horse. He also just bought a bad A$$ new ride as well. kp

1072 days ago
11.

SlipperyPete    

I'm not sure how strong his case will be, considering he claimed to have that exact heart problem in his autobiography:

http://books.google.com/books?id=wMItEY4Z_SYC&lpg=PT439&vq=cardiomyopathy&pg=PT439#v=onepage&q&f=false

1072 days ago
12.

StevenTyler324    

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

1072 days ago
13.

St. Maarten     

I lived and owned businesses in St. Maarten in the early and mid 1990's and a Golds Gym opened in a resort i was affiliated with and he came multiple times with at the time his wife and no one could believe how him and his wife could out party the most party people on St. Maarten and it wasnt only alcohol. Well i guess it has finally caught up to him. Hope he is ok thought as he was really fun to party with.

1072 days ago
14.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Yeah, because you really look like you've always treated your body as a temple. Mm hm.

1072 days ago
15.

Christy    

Seriously, this old booze bag needs to stop the drama.

1072 days ago
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