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Leaf fan Justin Bieber defends wearing Penguins jersey

Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber drew the ire of hockey fans for his shifting team loyalties last Wednesday when he posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a Penguins jersey ahead of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final between Pittsburgh and the Nashville Predators.

Pop star took exception to criticism, posting several tweets on NHL fandom

Pop superstar Justin Bieber says he'll put on any hockey jersey that looks cool. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Justin Bieber took a stand on social media for casual hockey fans everywhere.

The Canadian pop superstar drew the ire of hockey fans for his shifting team loyalties last Wednesday when he posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a Penguins jersey ahead of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final between Pittsburgh and the Nashville Predators.

Bieber, from Stratford, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Toronto, took exception to the criticism, posting several tweets on the nature of his fandom on Monday night as the Pens and Predators met in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series.

"I support all sports I'll put ANY jersey from ANY pro team if I'm whack for wearing jerseys they give me out of love then I'm Whack," said Bieber on his verified account with 96.2 million followers. "Leafs above all but other than that u give me ANY JERSEY THAT LOOKS COOL ILL THROW IT ON"

He then added that he's only a casual fan but enjoys the athleticism of elite sports.

"I also don't know enough about sports to Really have valid opinion but I do enjoy sports!! And enjoy any high level sports game. Any team," said Bieber, adding a series of kissing emojis in a separate tweet.

The Stanley Cup final is currently tied 2-2 with Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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