Ten years after Janet Jackson's "Nipplegate," the NFL might want to prepare themselves for the possibility of "Penisgate" at this year's Super Bowl.
Last week came the announcement that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would join Bruno Mars on stage during the halftime show on Feb. 2. On Monday, the band's bassist, Flea, posed an interesting question on Twitter:
"Anybody wanna see my cock at the Super Bowl?" the 51-year-old asked his nearly one million Twitter followers.
HuffPost Entertainment has reached out to the band's rep for comment regarding the tweet, which has since been deleted.
The fact that Flea (who in the band's early years performed naked, save for a strategically placed tube sock) deleted the tweet so quickly could be tied to the NFL's anxiety over ensuring a family-friendly halftime show in the wake of "scandals" of years past.
Aside from Jackson's 2004 wardrobe malfunction, the NFL is currently suing M.I.A. for a reported $1.5 million in damages for flashing her middle finger while performing alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj at the 2012 halftime show. The legal battle has been raging on for more than a year, with the NFL apparently arguing M.I.A. breached her contract with the organization and damaged its reputation.
"Of course, the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams," Howard King, lawyer for M.I.A., told THR about the lawsuit last year.