Ben Roethlisberger refuses to blame Justin Bieber for Steelers’ loss to Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers fans feared the worst when photo began circulating on the Internet showing that the team had a very special visitor to its Bible study session on Saturday night ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets:
Justin Bieber. Yikes.
Steelers fans took the Biebster’s presence as a bad omen heading into the team’s Sunday night game. And reasonably so. After all, Bieber is as universally disliked by his detractors as he is worshiped by his so-called “Beliebers.”
Didn't know he was a steelers fan, but welcome to steelernation @justinbieber pic.twitter.com/5Fktaq329D
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) November 9, 2014
Great to meet @justinbieber tonight at chapel! Thanks for coming! pic.twitter.com/0wNuTzEG8z
— Bruce Gradkowski (@bgradkowski5) November 9, 2014
Just met @justinbieber at Steelers Bible study tonight! pic.twitter.com/AhRkDST77Z
— Arthur Moats (@dabody52) November 9, 2014
The pervading sense of dread brought upon by Bieber arguably proved to be a reasonable one, as the Steelers went out and lost to the Jets by a score of 20-13.
As soon as the photos began to surface, all the way up to during and after Pittsburgh lost the game, talk of a “Bieber Curse” began to spread, primarily on Twitter via the use of the “#BlameBieber” hashtag.
The pop star’s presence apparently had something to do with how the individual leading the worship service also serves as a spiritual mentor to Bieber. according to Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers quarterback was forced to discuss the “Bieber Curse” during his weekly radio show on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan. He said that while he did not personally meet Bieber as he was eating dinner at the time, there is no way Bieber was the reason behind the Steelers coming up short against the Jets.
In fact, Roethlisberger claimed that guests do attend these kind of events from time to time, so he refused to take the bait on “Bieber-Cursegate.”
“That’s not a big deal at all,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.com. “For instance [former Steelers wide receiver] Plaxico Burress stopped by. Obviously he’s family, but people stop by all of the time and say, ‘Hi,’ and we’ve had other athletes, actors, celebrities, stuff like that stop by. It’s not a big deal at all.”
Roethlisberger added that Steelers backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski joked that he was trying to take advantage of Bieber’s presence in the social media game.
“His response to me was, ‘He’s got like 30 million followers and I’m trying to get some of them,'” Roethlisberger said, reportedly laughing “It was all fun for him and the guys. [Bieber] is one of the more popular guys for good or for bad in the country, so they had a chance to say hello and they did.”
At the end of the day, Bieber had absolutely nothing to do with Pittsburgh losing, but fans and players can be a notoriously suspicious bunch, and any whiff of a curse or bad sign or what have you obviously will be discussed, dissected and addressed.
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