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


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)

Via EmpireSports.com, Feb. 9, 2014:

Blake Griffin Smacks Justin Bieber At Hollywood Starbucks


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

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Last updated 02/12/14

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