Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Scorched on Social Media for National Anthem Rendition

(EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Musician Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers attends DirecTV Super Saturday Night Co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
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Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea blasted critics who ripped him on social media Tuesday for his rendition of the National Anthem before the start of Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.

“I rocked that s***,” Flea said of his solo performance of Francis Scott’s Key classic ballad.


However, those who witnessed the 53-year-old’s take on the National Anthem don’t agree.

Before his much-maleigned performance, Flea, a life-long Lakers fan, said “Kobe gave us so much. I just feel grateful to have been able to enjoy it.”

Flea has now joined the ever-growing ranks of the many — Roseanne Barr, Steven Tyler, James Taylor — who have butchered the National Anthem through the years.

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