Fozzy Singer Chris Jericho Suspended From WWE + Nearly Arrested for Brazilian Flag Incident
Some of you may know Chris Jericho as "the best at everything he does," and the wrestling legend has done a lot of things. Apart from a decorated career in professional wrestling, Jericho fronts the rock band Fozzy, hosted his own radio show, has written two books, competed on 'Dancing with the Stars,' has appeared in multiple films and he even hosted a game show! Unfortunately, Jericho has now been "suspended indefinitely" from WWE for desecrating the Brazilian flag.
We know, we know … wrestling is staged, but this doesn't seem to be a storyline. WWE visited Sao Paulo, Brazil for a special house show on May 24. In order to get some heat from the crowd, Jericho crumbled up the Brazilian flag into a ball, threw it onto the ground and kicked it. Unbeknownst to Jericho, desecrating the flag is a crime in Brazil, which can be punishable by incarceration.
After kicking the flag, Jericho was informed that the Brazilian police were considering taking him into custody during the middle of his match with CM Punk. Jericho briefly stopped the match to apologize to the Brazilian crowd. "I'd like to apologize for stepping on the flag earlier," began Jericho. "I love Brazil. We are very happy to be here to perform in front of you. So please accept my apology for stepping on your wonderful flag of this wonderful country."
Apparently the apology wasn't enough, as WWE posted the following message:
Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on May 24. WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident.
As one of the main antagonists of WWE's 'Monday Night Raw,' Jericho recently performed in one of Wrestlemania's main events. WWE have developed somewhat of a reputation for suspending and firing talent at the drop of a dime. The situation may possibly be addressed further on the upcoming episodes of 'Smackdown' or 'Raw.'