As big brother Nick Carter gears up for his Las Vegas residency (tickets for which are available from March 1), Aaron Carter landed himself in the hospital after what some considered to be a very poor choice of words following his performance in Illinois last night.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 15: Singer Aaron Carter attends the 3rd annual Cinefashion Film Awards at Saban Theatre on December 15, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

According to reports from TMZ, the trouble occurred when a member of Aaron’s opening band, Ill State, interrupted the singer’s set by “goofing around” and grabbing people’s cell phones as he performed. Asking security to remove the individual, (who just so happened to be Mexican), Aaron reportedly said, “Bye, Felipe” as the man was being escorted out. The man was then incited to jump onstage and attack the singer.

Aaron reportedly left the venue bloody and spent the evening in the hospital, where he Tweeted his version of the night’s events.

Unfortunately for him, not all of his followers were as sympathetic as he would have liked, believing that the casually tossed about phrase was on par with CoverGirl spokesboy James Charles’s recent Twitter faux-pas, and that the term was actually quite racist.

Aaron disputed the claims, saying that his use of the term wasn’t racially motivated and quoting Urban Dictionary’s definition. He also defended himself by saying that his band is comprised of a diverse group who practically raised him.

Yeesh! Though he has since left the hospital and police reportedly are investigating the incident, it sounds like a rather unfortunate event all around. Hopefully *NSYNC’s upcoming reunion won’t be nearly as catastrophic — we like our boy-band shows drama free, thank you very much!

Do you think Nick’s words were out of line? Let us know over @BritandCo.

(h/t E!, photos via Paul Archuleta/Getty)