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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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46.

Rodney    

This is standard wrestling shtick, what gives?

795 days ago
47.

Muppet    

He didn't wreck the flag, this is overkill.

795 days ago
48.

Carl    

A good rule to go by is if you wouldn't do that to your country's flag, don't do it to someone else's, especially in that country.

795 days ago
49.

Danny    

Iam against it. However its acting. If you going to arrest him for that then you would have to arrest him for beating someone up since battery is illegal.

795 days ago
50.

texas turd    

if a brain dead wrestler did this with an american flag in the usa, he'd be forced to apologize too. he wouldnt be arrested, but he would be fired in fear of retaliation. most likely this was a publicity stunt and it worked!

795 days ago
51.

WTF    

Don't ever, NEVER, do this to MY FLAG again!!!!

795 days ago
52.

StarFleetVeteran    

Ridiculous.

795 days ago
53.

Lloyd!!!!    

Brazilians are so insecure, they are that guy that has to let everyone know "hey we're cool now and not poor anymore, LOOK AT ME!" WWE caters to lowest denominator, they've been doing this 'nation vs nation' or culture vs culture for years just to create a storyline...if that offends you don't watch it, especially for anyone older than 13

795 days ago
54.

James    

C'MON PEEPS, this is just a storyline...if the suspension is posted on WWE.com and NOT the corporate site...IT IS ALL A WORK!!! move along nothing to see here.......

795 days ago
55.

Victoria Carvalho Correia    

It's not about the flag, it's about what he want to say with this. What he did was disrespectful. I'm brazilian and didn't like it.

795 days ago
56.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I doubt he did that on purpose or meant any disrespect. All the wrestling stuff they do is choregraphed except for the terrible acting.

795 days ago
57.

obama'saracist    

and how many times has the American flag been desecrated?

795 days ago
58.

mrkruggs@hotmail.com    

Jericho should have said: "I'm sorry that you people in Brazil can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy."

795 days ago
59.

buzz kill    

At least the people have respect for their flag, unlike some Americans. It should be a crime here as well. If people don't like this country they should leave it, nobody is stopping them unlike some countries.

795 days ago
60.

Myke    

It's a work

795 days ago
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