Previous reports that Justin Bieber has been banned from all Miami Heat home games are incorrect says Heat owner Micky Arison.
Ccontrary reports stated due to the singer’s arrest and charging for a suspected DUI while allegedly drag racing, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license on a residential street in Miami, early Thursday morning, a decision had been taken to pull his tickets.
The claim came via a source to E! News who said Bieber’s tickets for the Miami Heat-Los Angeles Laker game that Thursday evening were revoked by the Heat.
It was then reported the 19-year-old-old had been banned from all Miami Heat home games.
The reason given by E! News stated: “Bieber’s tickets were pulled last minute by the Heat because they didn’t want the particular brand of attention that his presence would inevitably attract.”
However, Arison has blasted that rumor in a straightforward tweet.
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) January 25, 2014
So, it looks like Bieber decided of his own accord that attending a televised basketball match in the same day he was arrested probably wasn’t the best move.
At around 4 am Thursday, Miami Beach Police say a police officer saw Bieber [allegedly] drag-racing in a yellow Lamborghini against a red Ferrari along Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street, a residential area of Miami Beach. The patrol cruiser subsequently gave chase for 15 blocks and caught up with the drivers on 41st street.
Bieber – who had an expired license – failed a field sobriety test.
One of the arresting officers wrote in his report that he could smell alcohol on the singer, and that he fired off a string of F-bombs when asked to get out of his Lamborghini and also when given instructions during a pat down.
Police also allege the “Baby” star told them before his arrest that he was taking prescription medication, had been smoking marijuana all day, and had one beer earlier that night.
But as it turns out, there are big questions over the singer’s DUI arrest.
According to reports based on a well-placed source, Bieber’s blood-alcohol level in breath two tests came up as below 0.08%, which is the legal limit for most drivers in Florida. For drivers under 21, the figure lower still 0.02%.
A source told CNN that Bieber blew 0.011% and 0.014% in two Breathalyzer tests.
Roughly translated, that’s less than one beer.
In addition, TMZ reports that Bieber and his friend, R&B singer Sharieff – who drove the red Ferrari and who was also arrested for DUI – were actually driving under the speed limit at the point police caught up with them, according to GPS devices in their rented cars which also tracked speed.
Just before their arrest the two singer’s speeds were recorded at 27 MPH, which conflicts with the police report which claims both men were driving at an, “approximate speed of about 55-60 MPH” in a 30-MPH zone.
Bottom line, the case is shaky. And until proven guilty people are innocent under the law.
That Arison has chosen not to act as a judge and jury in a case which is not yet been wholly proven, appears to have mounting credibility issues, and should be left to resolve in a legal rather than basketball arena — is commendable.