Anthony Kiedis was NOT thrown out of a Lakers’ game on Friday night.
I repeat, ANTHONY KIEDIS WAS NOT THROWN OUT OF A LAKERS’ GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
Just because something is posted online it’s not necessarily true…
Setting the rumours/gossip straight:
I wasn’t going to comment on this non-event but it’s getting out of hand and I’m also being asked why I am not sharing it. BTW I’m not sharing the rumour posts for obvious reasons. Some things are private anyway but I’m certainly not encouraging the spreading of rumours which are untrue. We will always do our best to verify things and put out information that is correct on any of my RHCP related pages. We’re human so sometimes make mistakes, but we will always do what we can to verify things and post the correct version.
I woke on Saturday morning (time zones) to rumours on social media that something was happening at the Staples Center and that AK had been thrown out of a Lakers’ game during the match on Friday night (LA time). A photo of his head & shoulders appeared showing him with his arm seeming to be behind him and from the angle it gave the impression that he was being restrained by some officials who were standing at his back. Almost straight away other social media posts appeared saying AK was back in his seat and that nothing had really happened. That was it it seemed.
Shortly afterwards a video came out which showed what had happened. It showed AK shouting something at a player who was sent off court following issues and a very brief argument (a minute? It was really brief) with some of the nearby officials who stopped him from commenting. Obviously emotions were running a bit high following the scene on the court and you can argue if it was right or wrong, but it was nothing major. AK turned (& that was clearly when the photo mentioned above was taken) and walked away from his seat with an official initially walking behind him. He might have chosen to do that or might have been asked- you can’t really tell. It was all very calm and if there was intervention, it was more of the “C’mon, just chill a bit” nature than any forcible intervention that involving restraining him and throwing him out of the Staples Center. Anthony walked ahead a few steps on his own, turned to talk to someone behind him and then stopped walking a few paces later. Video ended then. The video didn’t show him returning to his seat (not sure how much longer it was before he did but it was apparently only a few minutes in total from beginning to end).
Some media pages e.g. USA Today, reported on the rumour that he had been ejected which was an initial comment made on social media. Somehow, this and the video, all combined and was suddenly being used as proof that Anthony Kiedis had been thrown out of the Staples Center! Ignore the fact that there was no proof at all for this and that later social media posts were saying he’d gone back to his seat almost immediately. Sadly, this version has been picked up and is now running amok all over social media.
The boring truth was that singer got annoyed and shouted (you might say wrongly or say it was emotions running high from the game). He left his seat for a very brief period of time and then sat down again. I guess drama sells and is more interesting, while the truth doesn’t get clicks or shares. 😞