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Ric Flair issues statement on his past comments about Chris Kanyon ahead of tonight's Dark Side of the Ring

WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair took to Twitter this evening to comment about Chris Kanyon ahead of tonight's episode of Dark Side of the Ring.

As noted several days ago, Flair might not come off well if the show references what Flair said during Kanyon's 2006 appearance on The Howard Stern Show. Flair towed the company line and stated that Kanyon was not good enough to be in WWE and his release had nothing to do with his sexuality. Kanyon later told RF Video that he wanted to kill himself after the show but he chose not to because his brother was with him. Kanyon idolized Flair and he said that he got into the business because of him. Kanyon also helped to train Flair's son David during the latter years of WCW.

Flair issued the following statement on Twitter:

"Breaks my heart to hear later on that he took this so hard. Calling into guests that were seen as “hostile” to WWE was part of the job then. I should not have said that nobody had “ever” been released; there’s no way I could have known that for sure."

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"I was holding the company line. Love is love is love is love and everyone should be able to love whoever and however they choose without fear of reprisal. I wasn’t a huge Kanyon fan as a worker; but Chris Klucsarits was a hell of a good guy."

"Next week on Dark Side of the Ring: Ric Flair and Caitlyn Jenner were both born in 1949. Coincidence? Or something more…"

For those of you that missed it, click on this tweet thread to hear what Flair said to Kanyon on The Howard Stern Show: