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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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76.

Warren    

Yes I agree that people should respect the countries flag that they are in.
But what I do not get this is Wrestling it is a show it's not real, don't Brazilians understand they are watching a show?

Let me get this straight:

Test is about to ignite the American Flag.
Kurt Angle blows his nose on an American Flag
Chris Benoit Snots on a Flag.
Shawn Michaels wipes his bum with the American Flag and Jericho simply crumbles a Brazilian Flag and kicks it, so how does this result in a suspension, as per what I wrote above, a kick seems less disrespectful in my opinion?

Although according to reports, this is was unscripted, CM Punk and Jericho just did it for the crowd.

792 days ago
77.

ur mother    

seriously ecuador! ur comparing brazil with ecuador u jackasses u have not been in the better side of the area un called for u should have said something about as intersting as the grand canyon

792 days ago
78.

b_ullet1_2    

that wasn't cool... !!!

792 days ago
79.

Mike    

It's CANADA! They probably apologized to Shawn! ;)

792 days ago
80.

Craig Mabbitt    

I have to say this. The ring illusion while Chris Jericho apologizes makes him smaller. OMG.

792 days ago
81.

Doug    

They actually denegrated the Canadian flag once on those shows. The main difference is the WWF was entertaining back then and so was Jericho over at the WCW. YOu ever see that show? It's like snore fest with people staring at their mobile devices the whole show.

792 days ago
82.

Doug    

They said that in today's 'WWE' (which stands for Weak Wrestling Ederation) they don't do that anymore despite doing it years past. What he meant to say is they don't 'Entertain' people anymore.

792 days ago
83.

Wowza    

He is crazy or idiot, because in Brazil you can go to jail after this crime with or without excuses.

791 days ago
84.

gian da rós    

I'm Brazilian and I find this pretty stupid. I mean, I don't even know why people would be upset because of someone else's acting. But oh well, as you guys probably know, we have a lot of stupid people in here.

791 days ago
85.

Judy Groves    

Go Jericho. It seems everybody in the world can desecrate our flag but we can not say or do anything to anyone's elses flag. Totally unfair.

790 days ago
86.

TAMMY BURKETT    

I DON'T CARE IF IT WAS BRAZIL'S FLAG OR NOT HE HAD NO RIGHT DOING WHAT HE DID,HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING IF HE DID OUR FLAG THAT WAY???

788 days ago
87.

HeadGetter    

all I can say is Brazil.... GOT THAT ASS.... They'll make him a bitch in Brazilian jail for that... he had to apologize.

787 days ago
88.

Jeremy     

Um, I remember when Shawn Michaels humped the Canadian flag in the middle of the ring the night of the Montreal Screwjob... no one cared about that.

786 days ago
89.

Ernest De Brew    

Just imagine if he or some foreigner did the same in United States...I do not want to be in that person's shoes.

782 days ago
90.

Philifonian    

The suspension thing is bull, he is going out on tour with his band for the summer so he wont be able to do any type of wwe work until after october. So they had to come up with a way to get him suspended.

774 days ago
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