Celebrities from the world of music, film, sport and more came together at the Staples Center for a special occasion the other night, when basketball player Kobe Bryant played his last game for the LA Lakers.
Lakers uber-fan Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, paid his own special tribute to Bryant on the night by playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' as a bass solo.
His divisive performance drew a lot of criticism from some quarters. Others, including some of his fellow musicians, stuck up for the diminutive bassist; others still made some pretty funny jokes.
See the best of the Twitter reaction below:
Chuck, it's your cousin Marvin! Marvin Berry?!? That new sound you're looking for? Listen to this! *holds phone* Flea plays national anthem
— john roderick (@johnroderick) April 15, 2016
Has the person who booked Flea for last night's national anthem been fired yet?
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) April 14, 2016
yo @Flea the national anthem was a BRILLIANT rendition! naturally the uninformed & unenlightened will always continue to drown in ignorance.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 14, 2016
"Kobe, who do you want to sing the National Anthem for your last game?"
"I want Flea to play it on his bass."
"We can't wait for you to go."
— joe mande (@JoeMande) April 14, 2016
— Dan Sukara (@DanielSukara) April 15, 2016
been biting my tongue all day but I have to speak my mind: Flea's national anthem is cool as hell and everyone needs to show some respect
— Josiah Hughes (@josiahhughes) April 15, 2016
i not listen to music anymore unless it flea playing the national anthem
— olivia pootin-John (@jlmitch5dev) April 15, 2016
I was extremely disappointed to hear that "Flea plays the national anthem" had nothing to do with radiohead
— trash lord eric (@TypicalRick) April 15, 2016
Hey @POTUS, did you see Flea perform the national anthem last night? Revoke his citizenship.
— DAMIANMASTER (@DAMIANMASTER) April 15, 2016
I love how bad Flea trolled America with that awful attempt at he national anthem
— Harry Chronic Jr. (@StoneyDanza) April 15, 2016