Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Shows Support for Suspended UCLA Basketball Star
There's no doubt that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is definitely an avid basketball fan, and that his loyalties lie with his Los Angeles home teams. On Friday night, he won over numerous UCLA fans while donning a homemade t-shirt in support of suspended basketball star Shabazz Muhammad as he performed the national anthem.
Donning a baby blue t-shirt that read "Free Shabazz Muhammad" written in black marker, the musician was greeted with a warm reception. Muhammad, one of the top ranked freshmen in the nation, was declared "indefinitely ineligible" by the NCAA just prior to the team's first game as a result of alleged extra benefits received during his recruitment.
Flea tweeted, "Free Shabazz Muhammad. NCAA is out of control. This is absurd."
According to Yahoo Sports, Flea's shirt mirrored the thoughts of some of the team's fans, as several students were noticed donning "Free Shabazz" shirts with the player's likeness on the front.
The shirt likely eased a few tensions for the bassist as well, as he took classes at UCLA's crosstown rival USC a few years ago.