Flea recalls time when RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis was kicked out of Lakers’ game vs. Rockets for confronting Chris Paul
Emotions run high for all fans, and Anthony Kiedis, the longtime frontman of Los Angeles-based rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, was no exception. The band’s bassist, most famously known as Flea, recalled just how his bandmate once was kicked out of a Los Angeles Lakers game for confronting Chris Paul.
Flea began telling some background story, noting that the bad blood between them and Paul started from his time with the Clippers, as his former team drummed many victories over the hapless Lakers of recent years. Fast forward to last year’s home opener against the Houston Rockets, and Paul’s incident with Rajon Rondo was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“The last time I took him to the game he got thrown out,” said a laughing Flea in a recent interview with Bill Simmons of The Ringer. “He was yelling at Chris Paul after Chris Paul had gotten into a scrap. Then he came back in. It was crazy.”
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Upon further request Flea told the story in its entirety, detailing a time in which he and Chris Paul had gotten into verbal jabs after the rockstar bassist ensure to tell him it would always be a Lakers town, just as the Clippers were conjuring the Lakers’ worst regular season loss in franchise history.
“So there’s already been some bad blood,” said Flea. “He gets in the fight (with Rajon Rondo), it’s real heated. and evidently Rondo spit on Chris Paul, which I don’t believe. I didn’t see any evidence of that… They’re bringing [Paul] off, Anthony was just screaming ‘bahhhh,’ at Chris Paul, Chris Paul nearly lunged at him, but didn’t and then an assistant coach from the Rockets came screaming at Anthony ‘you shut up’ and Anthony started screaming at him too, and then the red jacket came and took him out. It was an emotional moment in our fandom.”
RHCP has been known to be diehard Lakers fans, wearing the jersey on stage, in public appearances, and even music videos. This near-altercation with Paul almost took it to a not-so-cool level, but it does make for an awesome story to tell.