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No, Blake Griffin Didn't Smack Justin Bieber at Starbucks

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As shared on Facebook, Feb. 12, 2014:
Black Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber at Hollywood Starbucks

Netlore Archive: Satirical "news" article claims Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers got into an altercation with an unruly Justin Bieber at a West Hollywood Starbucks location.

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Description: Viral article / Hoax / Satire
Circulating since: Feb. 2014
Status: FALSE (see details below)

Example:
Via EmpireSports.com, Feb. 9, 2014:

Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber At Hollywood Starbucks

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA–

Justin Bieber simply can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble.

Police were dispatched this morning to respond to an altercation at a Starbucks in West Hollywood involving some familiar faces.

A barista at the coffee house was apparently confronted by Bieber  when he refused to serve the pop star because he wasn’t wearing a shirt.

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Analysis: False. No such incident has been reported in any legitimate news source. This tall tale originated on a satire website devoted to lampooning major sports figures called Empire Sports. We last had occasion to debunk Empire Sports when it published a spoof claiming that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who did jail time on a dog-fighting conviction a few years back, had been hospitalized after being attacked by a pit bull.

For future reference, Empire Sports is the opposite of a reliable source.


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Sources and further reading:

Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber At Hollywood Starbucks
Empire Sports News (satire website), 9 February 2014

Today In Justin Bieber News-Did Blake Griffin 'Slap The S*** Out Of Justin'?
98.5 KLUC News, 11 February 2014

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Last updated 02/12/14

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