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WWE Star Chris Jericho

Suspended for

Desecrating Brazilian Flag

5/25/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

Sources connected to the WWE tell TMZ ... the flag stunt was NOT planned or approved by WWE officials.

The WWE has just released an official statement saying, "Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely  due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE event in Sao Paulo on May 24. The WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident."

1:57 PM PDT -- The WWE has just amended its suspension of Jericho. Jericho is now suspended for 30 days.

6:34 AM PDT --
Jericho has tweeted about the incident ... saying, " Just for the record I love Brazil and wish we could've spent more time here. Beautiful country!"

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buzz kill    

Way to go Jerico. First

880 days ago


Before writing a script, I guess its better to read the country's law first.

880 days ago

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Wrestlers have been doing this to flags for decades at shows and only now WWE has a problem with it?
Just sounds like the management threw him under the bus on this one.

880 days ago


Too bad the United States doesn't show the same respect for our flag. These losers who burn and disrespect our flag should get the same. Shame on us.

880 days ago

Don't feed the Trolls    

Whoa! I don't watch wrestling but when I do it was this event for the first time. I was wondering if the police were part of the show or what and why would they let Americans come down there and dis their country. lol

880 days ago


Wow, who cares?

What does the Brazilian flag stand for anyway other than plastic surgery and the Olympics that should've gone to Chicago?

880 days ago

My Big Salami    

Come on who the hell even knows what the flag from Brazil even looks like?...Sorry Brazil but nobody even knows who the hell u are!

880 days ago


In one breathe I want to say - it is just a piece of material. In another breathe I want to say the US should also throw in jail anyone that does that to a US flag. If they have no respect for our flag, then they have no respect for our country. They have no respect for our country, then get out of it !!!

880 days ago


about time wrestling ahould respect the country they are in

880 days ago


Was that part of the script: Wrestling is fake right??

880 days ago


Great, he bunched it up and kicked it out the ring.
Exactly where in there did he GRAB THE FLAG AND BURN IT?
Again, this POLITICALLY CORRECT **** is more than enough

880 days ago


I wonder if this is how WWE is going to explain Jericho's absence for June since Fozzy is on tour.

880 days ago


since when do we give two ****s what Brazil has to say?he didnt know how "sacred" they considered kicking it. lets move on

880 days ago


It was planned and Chris will be back very soon. WWE knows what is going to happen and wouldn't have had Punk waltz around with the flag if Jericho wasn't supposed to play heel and stomp on it. WWE covering their butts as usual.

880 days ago

shade ahmad    

it was a way out $10 the police was not real and it was all a stage B/C Chris have tower days with the band coming up

880 days ago
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