Anthony Kiedis inserted himself and his middle finger into the Rockets-Lakers brawl

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis got the boot from Saturday’s Rockets-Lakers game. (Getty Images)
Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis got the boot from Saturday’s Rockets-Lakers game. (Getty Images)

Insanity, it seems, has got Anthony Kiedis by his soul to squeeze.

Just when you figured you had sorted out all the drama resulting from Saturday night’s brawl between members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that left Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul suspended for multiple games, we learn that the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman was also prominently involved, losing his mind from his front-row seat and earning himself an ejection.

Paul wasn’t through with L.A. after Rondo spit on his cheek and repeatedly punched him in the face, because Kiedis gave the Rockets star the verbal equivalent on his way out of Staples Center. Video unveiled on Sunday shows Kiedis berating Paul before turning his attention — and his middle finger — to a Houston staffer, all as bandmate and Lakers super-fan Flea sits quietly in his courtside seat.

Kiedis is lucky Paul didn’t treat him the way Johnny Utah and Bodhi did in “Point Break.” It’s unclear what the 55-year-old singer said to the future Hall of Fame point guard, but Kiedis was promptly escorted out of the arena by security. We can only guess that the Chili Peppers frontman said something along the lines of “suck my kiss” or “what I’ve got you’ve got to give it to your mama.”

It’s not easy to recognize the mustachioed Kiedis, who has traded in the long hair that made him so recognizable in the 1990s for a hipster haircut and was wearing full Lakers garb over, we presume, one sock. But rest assured that’s Kiedis, since Flea confirmed as much in an Instagram picture of the two.

Kiedis was definitely operating at a high level, and technical a middle finger to somebody’s face is unspoken communication, but we’re guessing he doesn’t ever want to feel like he did that day again.

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