Lamont Richmond was just a guy at the NBA Finals until his run-in with Justin Bieber. Richmond just wanted the Biebs’ autograph when he crossed paths with the “Sorry” singer. Now Richmond says that a viral video showing Bieber take a punch at him has resulted in death threats and the loss of his job.
According to Domenick Nati from Nati Celebrity Services, Richmond is ready to tell his side of the story about what went down with Justin Bieber during and after the NBA Finals. This is the statement that Lamont Richmond wrote about the incident:
“What happened was, Bieber and I were at the same basketball game. He was surrounded by a lot of friends, and I came over to him asking for an autograph. He got mad, ‘Not at the game man, not at the game’ I quote. I got kind of offended, explaining him I maybe won’t see him ever again, so this would be my only chance. He ignored me and I kept trying, that’s when he snapped and called me a prick.”
Nice one Lamont Richmond for showing discipline. Being famous is no diplomatic passport to being rude and above… https://t.co/GrsgwAOFHe
That’s understandable considering that Justin Bieber just wanted to enjoy his prime seats at the NBA Finals just like everyone else. But the drama didn’t stop there. Lamont Richmond ran into Justin Bieber again that evening and that’s when things got out of hand.
Richmond was at a bar after the game when he saw Bieber heading for the Westin Hotel in Cleveland. Richmond followed him in and asked for an autograph again now that the game was over. It turns out that Richmond didn’t even want the autograph but the women he was watching the game and celebrating the win with did. He was just trying to be a nice guy and help the ladies get close to their pop star crush.
“Later he went to his hotel, and I walked in on him again so I asked him yet again for a autograph. He walked inside, I followed him and he stopped. We weren’t at the game anymore, but he still didn’t want to give me his autograph, so we discussed about that, what leaded to him pushing me and even punching me. Later on, we did an attempt to solve things. Although me receiving countless death threats on social media and more, wasn’t appreciated at my work so I got fired.”
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After the altercation at Justin Bieber’s hotel, Lamont Richmond was described as a 6-foot 5-inch menace in a TMZ report. In reality, Richmond is still a bit bigger than Bieber but there were definitely some added inches. The die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan claims that he really only stands six feet tall but definitely outweighs and outmuscles Bieber.
In the video of the altercation between Bieber and Richmond, the Biebs can be seen swinging on his former fan. That’s when Richmond said that he grabbed Bieber and restrained him to keep him from throwing more punches, according to reports. The Justin Bieber punch victim said that when he did restrain, he didn’t even have to give his full effort to hold the pop star down.
After footage of his altercation went viral, Lamont Richmond says his life has been ruined. He has received multiple death threats from angry Justin Bieber fans and has been run off social media. He even lost his job when his employers saw the footage and didn’t want the bad publicity.
Initially, Lamont Richmond just wanted to meet up with Justin Bieber and settle their differences face to face. It looked like Bieber might have even been game for a sit down after he followed Richmond on Instagram. All of that crumbled and Bieber quickly unfollowed Richmond after he went to the press to tell his side of the story about when Justin Bieber tried to punch him.
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