Wrestler Ric Flair wanted in arrest order
(WIREUPDATE) — Wrestling hall of famer Ric Flair is a wanted man in the state of North Carolina. A warrant for Flair’s arrest came on Thursday after an ongoing dispute with online retailer HighSpots.com. PWinsider.com’s Mike Johnson reported the arrest order was issued after Flair failed to settle a previously agreed upon settlement with HighSpots.com.
According to the report the court decreed that Flair, who “has the assets and income required” to make the Settlement Agreement instead “willfully violated and continues to willfully violate” the court’s mandated order. The court also noted that Flair was doing so despite being “able to comply with the Order” or being “able to to take reasonable measures” towards complying.
“Therefore it is ordered, adjudged and decreed that Defendant Richard Fliehr is hereby held in civil contempt for his failure to comply with the Consent Order to Enforce Settlement and that the Defendant be imprisoned for as long as he remains in civil contempt for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from his date of imprisonment. This imprisonment shall commence on June 27, 2011 without further action of the court.”
However, the court further ruled that Flair could forgo being arrested if he paid the previously agreed settlement amount of $35,000 and fulfill the previously set task of signing 300 photographs to HighSpots.com. If Flair was unable to comply with both demands he would be ordered to hand over his NWA World Championship belt to HighSpots.com so they could sell it off to recoup the money owed.
Johnson adds, “That aspect of the order noted that the NWA belt needed to be “free of all liens and encumbrances”, which could be an issue for Flair, since there is already one other entity with a lien against him for the belt.”
Ric Flair officially retired from WWE in 2008 after being defeated by Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24. He has since returned to wrestling competing for WWE’s competitor TNA Wrestling.