Justin Bieber is not having a great week. The pop singer was arrested early Thursday, Jan. 23, morning and charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license by Miami Beach police.
To make matters worse for the 19-year-old, the Miami Heat reportedly had his tickets revoked for the home game that night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, Heat owner Micky Arison denies that Bieber was banned from the arena following the teenager's arrest:
Bruna Nessif of E! News previously reportedly Bieber was denied his usual courtside seats, “because they didn't want the particular brand of attention that his presence would inevitably attract.”
Bieber’s arrest and subsequent mug shots made headlines around the web after he was caught street racing at 4 a.m. ET. According to CNN’s Alan Duke, the Canadian singer/songwriter had this to say upon being detained: “What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?"
Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez added, per Duke, “(Bieber) made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication.”
Duke noted that the star was released on $2,500 bond after making a video appearance in front of a judge just an hour after being jailed, but the Heat still made the public relations move to ban him from AmericanAirlines Arena for the nationally televised game.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press joked that Bieber’s appearance was the biggest question mark surrounding the game against Los Angeles after star shooting guard Dwyane Wade was declared out:
Now that we already know Dwyane Wade is out, Justin Bieber's attendance is the biggest question surrounding Heat-Lakers tonight.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) January 23, 2014
This isn’t the first time the Heat had to bar a public figure from the arena, as rapper Lil Wayne claims the organization removed him from the premises during a contest against the Lakers in February of last year.
The Biebs’ absence did not impact the Heat’s performance on the floor. The back-to-back defending champions never trailed and won 109-102. Chris Bosh led the way with 31 points, while LeBron James added 27 points of his own.
Did the Heat make the right decision barring Bieber from the arena?
But Bieber is notorious for cheering on multiple teams in the same sport, and the Heat organization took a decisive stand against the flip-flopping teenager.
As Bleacher Report's Dan Carson noted, "you don’t see him rocking any Cleveland Browns or Philadelphia 76ers flat brims."