Published Nov 08, 2013In South America, folks take their soccer — or should we say, football — very seriously. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is learning this the hard way after jokingly desecrating a jersey of Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo soccer club.
TMZ reports that, this past Sunday (November 3), Smith participated in a drum clinic in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. During the event, someone handed him the jersey, and the timekeeper earned a massive reaction from the crowd by stuffing it down the back of his pants as if he wipes his ass with it.
Watch video footage of the incident below; it's tough to tell exactly whether the crowd is happy or angry about the gesture, although someone throws an object that goes whizzing past Smith's head.
Certainly, there's no ambiguity about the fallout from video footage being posted online, as Flamengo fans have expressed their rage in the comments section of YouTube. One soccer enthusiast wrote, "It does't mater how much is gonna be you next show in RIO, hope you not be such STUPID to came, but if you came here, WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU!!! MENTAL DEFECT!" Another wrote, "Will arrive in Rio de Janeiro you will die motherfucker, fuck you!"
In response to the controversy, Smith tweeted, "I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic,my joke about team rivalries went too far. Flamenco fans...I'm sorry." Additionally, Smith retweeted a photo of himself wearing a Flamengo jersey and giving a thumbs up while surrounding by fans (above).
Red Hot Chili Peppers will play in Rio tomorrow (November 9).