While participating in a drum clinic at the Hard Rock Cafe in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith tried to play to the affections of local Atletico Mineiro fans by shoving a Flamengo shirt down the back of his pants, apparently wiping his backside with it.
Evidently, Smith didn't take into account the fact that he might upset Flamengo's estimated 30 million fans with his gesture. The timing was also a little poor, seeing as the Chili Peppers headed to Rio de Janeiro — home of the butt-wiped side — to play a concert on Saturday evening.
According to The Daily Mail, Smith received death threats when footage of the incident emerged online, with one angry YouTuber surmising the murderous anger he had caused: "Will arrive in Rio de Janeiro you will die m***********, f*** you! [sic]"
Rather than pretend that it was actually Will Ferrell shoving a shirt down his pants, the funky tub-thumper owned up and apologized for his antics via social media:
I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic,my joke about team rivalries went too far. Flamenco fans...I'm sorry.
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) November 8, 2013
In addition to the apology — in which he seemed to confuse the name of the club with a form of Spanish folk music — Smith showed it was all under the bridge (pun intended) when he wore a Flamengo shirt as he signed autographs with fans in Rio on Friday:
Presumably, he had given it a wash since the last time he used it.
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