Luke Bryan punches a heckler during live performance for making 'crude' and 'insulting' gestures


Luke Bryan is not here for crude behavior.

While performing for the Volunteer Jam at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, the 40-year-old country singer took a swing at a heckler in the front row after seeing him gesturing with his middle finger. Bryan was in the middle of singing his latest hit, "Move," when he paused briefly to make his way down to the audience, hit the man with a right hook -- microphone in hand -- and return to the stage to finish the song. Immediately after the incident, security descended on the heckler and removed him from the venue.

The moment was captured clearly by concertgoers from multiple angles and posted to social media, though Bryan has not personally addressed the incident on his accounts.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Recording artist Luke Bryan, winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year award, poses in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artists Luke Bryan (L) and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Country singer Luke Bryan Performs On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 10: Luke Bryan performs in concert at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, August 10, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - JUNE 19: Luke Bryan performs in support of his 'That's My Kind of Night Tour' at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 19, 2014 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer/songwriter Luke Bryan (R) and Caroline Boyer attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan speaks in the press room with his award for Entertainer of the Year during the 48th annual CMA awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan performs during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Dustin Lynch and Luke Bryan attend the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
CONCORD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Luke Bryan performs during the 'That's My Kind of Night' tour at the Concord Pavilion on October 17, 2014 in Concord, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke Bryan performs in concert at the AT&T Center on September 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0121 -- Pictured: Musical guest Luke Bryan performs on September 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Luke Bryan performs onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan attend Day 8 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Amy Robach, Connie Britton, Luke Bryan filming the season finale of 'Nashville' after his apperance on ABC-Tv's 'Good Morning America' on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Luke Bryan attends a press conference at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
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"A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance," the singer's rep tells ET in a statement. "It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans – some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man's disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out."

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Looks like Bryan's clavicle is on the mend after suffering a fracture in October! The superstar was injured just before kicking off his Farm Tour, where he joked that the best remedies for a broken bone are whiskey and "East Tennessee moonshine."

Earlier this year, just before ringing in his 40th birthday, Bryan opened up to ET Canada about his hopes and dreams for the next 40.

"I think the day you don't wanna roll the dice on something or go a little bit outside of your norm, I think that's kinda when you get a little stagnant in this business," he said of his career. "The main thing for me is just to focus on enjoying [life] and being happy and trying to be a better singer and writer, every day."

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