For many years, he also heckled the opposing team at Washington Bullets games. Ficker had seats at USAir Arena close to the visiting bench. When the team moved to the MCI Center, they took the opportunity to reseat Ficker well away from the court. Ficker gave up his seats in response.
Although he angered many opposing players by his taunts, Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley thought so much of Ficker that he flew him out to Phoenix during the 1993 NBA Finals. Barkley bought Ficker a ticket directly behind the bench of the visiting Chicago Bulls with the idea being Ficker harassing the Bulls players. Ficker did not last the first period before being removed by America West Arena security.
Ficker's daughter, Desiree Ficker, is a top female professional triathlete, finishing 2nd at the 2006 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
On June 7, 2007, the Maryland Court of Appeals suspended Ficker's law license indefinitely (he may apply for reinstatement after one year), saying that despite four previous warnings, he ran his Bethesda law office in a slipshod way to the detriment of clients.
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