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WWE Star Chris Jericho

Suspended for

Desecrating Brazilian Flag

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

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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.

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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."

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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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152 COMMENTS

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31.

Stormy    

Quite the oxymoron these southern country's are. They can disrespect our flag and country in every ways shape and form, but one better not do that to their flag's. Just another reason for much tighter restrictions on our border's! Why can't we protect our borders like they do?!

880 days ago
32.

TMP    

It doesn't matter if you all don't know what the Brazilian flag looks like or that you don't care about Brazil.... sheesh.. to them their flag means as much to them as ours does to the people that live here. We have laws here that protect our flag (even though some of them are a little odd) and even though most of them aren't enforced. It just seems that in Brazil, they enforce their laws better. I find it amazing though.. so many people from the US saying "who cares", but I know that if someone from Brazil had come here and done that to a US flag (even for show on the lame WWE) SOMEONE somewhere would have an issue with it.

880 days ago
33.

derp    

""Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag"

Nice spin WWE, basically nothing is going to happen since he going on tour anyways.

880 days ago
34.

Amber    

It's called acting!!! It's not like this crap is real anyway!!! I mean come on....

880 days ago
35.

Dietra    

I used to be a HUGE WWE fan, and I remember when any and everything went on. But now they are so freaking busy trying to cater to kids and their complaining MOMS coupled with the fact that Linda is trying to get in the SENATE. It's just ridiculous, before WWE didn't give a D-MN what anyone thought, their motto was, if you don't like it, don't watch it. Nowadays a wrestler looks at a fan sideways and they get suspended indefinitely, give me a break. Like someone else said Shawn Michaels shoved the canadian flag up his nose and HE wasn't suspended.Oh that's right, I forgot he was Vince's B-TCH.

880 days ago
36.

EastCoastChopper    

WWE...or a pop concert (Gaga)....movie promotional tour (Smith)... The UGLY American is alive and well. Couth less, faux pas, cultureless, mac & cheese new-money clowns going abroad and simply confirming why we are the brunt of global title of Ugly American. From the youth hostel to the halls of parliament...touching the Queen...to blaming Montezuma when you pass out at the official dinner we are Lonely Planet buffoons!

Stay Thirsty my Friends...

880 days ago
37.

Josh    

Lol, TMZ thinks this is legit. WWE just suspended Jericho so he can prepare for his band "Fozzy's" tour in 2 weeks.

880 days ago
38.

Jeanie    

Yea, I guess you can only do that in the United States!

880 days ago
39.

doorakid    

He is an entertainer. There is no doubt he was playing the heel that WWE instructs him to play. WWE should let him win. He is fun to watch and it would be a shame to lose him.

880 days ago
40.

lightenup    

Ha! I beg to differ. Anyone who follows pro wrestling knows that there has been rumor jericho has been leaving to go on tour with his band. i think the WWE pulled a fast one here. why were the cops there RIGHT AT TIME OF THE MATCH?! think about it.

880 days ago
41.

#ifhewasatrueheel    

If Jericho was a true heel - he would have taken the cuffs like a man..

TALK ABOUT HEAT

880 days ago
42.

Canada Guy    

What a load of crap! WWE guys have been busting up opposition flags for decades!
Damage control much?

880 days ago
43.

gino    

It's good to have national pride but this was not Jericho's fault. For years wrestlers have been making fun of the U.S, the flag, and it's fans. Some wrestlers even call fans losers and belittle the city there in that night this is nothing new. Nikolai Volkoff use to sing the Russian national anthem during the cold war. The Iron Sheik use actually spit at the U.S in the ring and say Iran #1. WWE should pepare there wrestlers better when entering a foreign country. What Jericho did was nothing new.

880 days ago
44.

Jordan    

I think the WWE so called superstars do not know the line between reality and their job as entertainers. Even in the USA if one of the so called superstars were to do the same thing to an american flag they would also be arrested because it is a crime here too. The US goverment would also have a problem with the WWE surperstars desicarating a flag of another nation back in the US as well i think the wwe made a good decision in the suspension of chris jericho, but we all know he will not be gone for verry long the wwe will bring him back very soon.

880 days ago
45.

Johnny    

with a few bars of soap the Brazilian people will befriend Jericho

880 days ago
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