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Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is one of the planet’s biggest superstars. As one of the most polarizing celebrities of this generation, there’s not a lot the 20-year old pop star can do without the media there to tell us all about it.

Bieber is a big sports fan, so his adventures through the sporting world have been well-documented over the years. There have been some proud athletic moments for the Biebs, whose interests seem to lie primarily in basketball and hockey, but – like most athletes – he’s also had his fair share of bloopers.

Here are some of the highlights & lowlights of Bieber’s sports endeavors:


Highlight: Winning NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP

As a 16-year just starting to take the world by storm, Bieber made his first NBA Celebrity All-Star game appearance in 2011. Not too many people knew what to expect from the Biebs, who was a lot smaller than most of the other players on the court, but he impressed with his abilities and dropped eight points (3-11 FG) with two rebounds and four assists and won the game’s MVP award. 

Lowlight: Getting abused at Celebrity All-Star Game

Yes, he won MVP…but that doesn’t mean the Biebs’ All-Star game experience was all smooth sailing. He was on the receiving end of a flying elbow to the head in pre-game warmups.

Then he got some more abuse during a time-out, this time from a ref.


Highlight: Practicing with the Toronto Maple Leafs

A product of Ontario, Canada, Bieber grew up a hockey fan rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs and got a chance to skate and practice with the Leafs back in 2012. The pop star looked pretty comfortable out on the ice and flashed some pretty impressive skills. 

Lowlight: Bieber stands on the Blackhawks locker room logo

One of the unwritten rules in sports is that logos placed on the floor of locker rooms should never be walked on or stepped on by anyone, as it’s considered to be disrespectful to the organization. Whether you agree or disagree with the rule, it’s one that is widely observed and practiced by those in sports all over the world. But Mr. Bieber either didn’t know of the rule or just didn’t care for it, because this is what happened when he visited the Chicago Blackhawks’ locker room following their Stanley Cup win in 2013:

As you can imagine, Blackhawks fans were not pleased with the pop star.


Highlight: Bieber beats Shaq in a basketball game.

Back in 2010, Bieber played a game of basketball at Shaquille O’Neal’s house in Miami during an episode of Shaq Vs. He won. Only one other pop star (to the public’s knowledge) has been able to accomplish this incredible feat

Lowlight: Bieber loses to Shaq in a dance-off

On that same episode, the Biebs & Shaq went head-to-head in a dance competition. It looked like Justin had the win in the bag, then Shaq pulled out all the stops and locked up a decisive victory.


Highlight: Bieber scores highlight-reel goal in hockey game

Once again, Justin showed off his impressive hockey skills during a game in Los Angeles this year. Sure, it wasn’t exactly great defense by #66 in yellow, but even Bieber bashers have to admit that those offensive zone moves are pretty slick.

Lowlight: Bieber booed at Knicks game

Back in 2011, Bieber attended a New York Knicks game, where they played his song “Baby” over the PA during a timeout and showed a live shot of the pop star on the jumbotron. The boos rained down from the Madison Square Garden crowd and the Biebs looked slightly embarrassed in his courtside seat. Thankfully, the always-handsome Henrik Lundqvist was there to cheer him up.


Pete Blackburn is a writer for Next Impulse Sports


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