Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has apologised after disrespecting a Brazilian football team while on stage in South America last week.
Smith was handed the shirt of Brazilian team Flamengo while taking part in a drum clinic at the the Hard Rock Café in Belo Horizonte, home of Flamengo rivals Cruizero, on November 7.
In footage which you can watch below, Smith takes the shirt and pushes it down the back of his trousers, appearing to wipe his backside with the replica strip – a move that caused the audience to boo him.
Once the footage became available online, numerous death threats were posted under the video footage with reports that some supporters were threatening to kill the drummer on his next visit to the club’s hometown of Rio De Janeiro.
Smith was forced to apologise to anyone offended by his actions. Tweeting a response to the reaction he got, he wrote:
“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.”
The Daily Mail reports Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the stage in Brazil on Saturday (November 9) for a gig in Rio. On the day, Smith wore Flamengo’s shirt for 24 hours, visiting the Windsor Barra Hotel in West Rio signing autographs for the football club’s fans and presenting players from the club with Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirts.
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
The band, who released their last album ‘I’m With You’ in 2011, will began work on their next album in September later with a view to developing ideas and sketches for songs they currently have into something that can be recorded.
The band, who have been touring non-stop for the last year and a half and recently headlined the Coachella Festival in California, also played for the Dalai Lama during his visit to Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon on May 11 as part of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit.