Leaf fan Justin Bieber defends wearing Penguins jersey
Pop star took exception to criticism, posting several tweets on NHL fandom
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.
Justin Bieber posted a pic of him wearing a Penguins jersey. Haha Nashville will surely win now—@DanielM_00
Since <a href="https://twitter.com/justinbieber">@justinbieber</a> put on a Penguins sweater, the Preds are undefeated. My reaction to that is pretty simple... <a href="https://t.co/0eYCpbKaUB">pic.twitter.com/0eYCpbKaUB</a>—@PaulHeggenWSMV
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—@justinbieber
"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.
Leafs above all but other than that u give me ANY JERSEY THAT LOOKS COOL ILL THROW IT ON—@justinbieber
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—@justinbieber
"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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