I cannot beat TMZ’s picture/headline combo, so I’ll just grab a screencap to their page instead. The incident is explained by the entertainment blog:
“A WWE event in Brazil came to a screeching halt Thursday evening … when local law enforcement stopped a live match and threatened to arrest Chris Jericho for desecrating the Brazilian flag.
It all went down during a match between Jericho and C.M. Punk — who was proudly waving the flag in the ring. Jericho took the flag away, crumpled it up and kicked the flag out of the ring … and that’s when police stepped in and put a stop to the event.
We’re told Jericho was informed that desecrating the national flag is a crime in Brazil … punishable by incarceration.
Cops gave Jericho an option — apologize to the arena … or go to jail. Chris chose the former … grabbing the mic and telling the crowd he immediately regretted his actions. Cops allowed the event to continue.”
WWE.com has stated that Chris Jericho has been suspended for this actions but has Jericho’s response to this incident posted as well:
“I made a bad judgment call in the course of entertaining [WWE] fans in Brazil, I apologized to the people in the crowd for showing disrespect.”
“It was a bad move. I did it with [our] fans’ entertainment in mind and I’ll accept the consequences for that.”
Pretty strange news to wake up to.
My favorite part is when they call him a “wrestling superstar.”