A viral story claiming a shirtless Justin Bieber was smacked around by L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin during an argument at a West Hollywood Starbucks on Monday morning is actually fake.
Perhaps it was just wishful thinking, but several sports blogs and news outlets picked up the story from Empire Sports, despite its having been labeled as “news satire.”
The proof that the story is fake? Bieber is currently in Atlanta recording new music, reports the Inquisitr.
The story claimed police were called into a Starbucks in West Hollywood after an altercation occurred that began with a barista refusing to serve Bieber.
The pop star came into the coffee shop with “no shirt on and his pants hanging down and underwear showing,” Joey Goldsmith, the fictional barista, was reported saying.
“I just told him he would have to put a shirt on if he wanted to order,” Goldsmith said, according to the fictional police report.
Bieber was reported to have gotten upset at the barista’s request, yelling at him and then telling his bodyguard to “kick his ass.”
That’s when Griffin, who just happened to be at that same Starbucks at the same time as Bieber, decided to step in and ease tensions.
But when he couldn’t, Griffin smacked Bieber, knocking the Canadian pop star to the floor.
“He smacked the s--- out of him,” one witness was quoted saying. “Then I saw Justin stumble out of the door like he was crying.”
Even Los Angeles Lakers player Chris Kaman, who played with Griffin for one season with the Clippers, tweeted about the “incident,” which made it sound even more true:
“I was sitting in the corner of Starbucks and Blake did not smack Bieber! Well at least not that hard.....”
According to Gossip Cop, a source close to Bieber said the story is “made up” and “Justin has not returned to Los Angeles [for weeks].
Given Bieber’s recent wild nights out and trouble with the police, can you blame people for thinking this story was real?