No Matter How Bad You Want This Viral Report to Be True… It Isn’t

A fast-spreading report claiming that L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin “smacked the s**t” out of troubled pop star Justin Bieber is entirely false and appears to have originated on a satire news website.

FILE – In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Several sports blogs and gossip sites reported on the smack-down, alleging that Bieber refused to put on a shirt inside a Hollywood Starbucks and was denied service.

The reports cited a “barista” as saying, “He came in with no shirt on and his pants hanging down and underwear showing and tried to order a caramel apple machiatto. I just told him he would have to put a shirt on if he wanted to order.”

When Bieber became unruly, Griffin intervened and “smacked the s**t” out of Bieber, the made-up reports added. The fake barista then saw Bieber stumble out of the door “looking like he was crying.”

As much as some people wish someone would smack some sense in Bieber, the alleged incident couldn’t have happened as Bieber hasn’t been in Los Angeles for weeks, a source close to the pop star told Gossip Cop.

It seems the fake report may have first appeared on the satire sports website Empire Sports. The fake story had been shared nearly 150,000 times, according to NewsWhip.