Justin Bieber was in Chicago Tuesday night. Like most guests at the United Center he was welcomed into the Blackhawks locker room and that is when things went downhill. As you can see the Biebs was standing on the Hawks logo in the locker room. That is a huge no no. Don't believe me, just ask the players.
During tours of the lock room the logo is usually roped off. After games, players will stop mid-interview and tell reporters or cameramen to step off. Even people not around the team know this to be true. WWE superstar CM Punk tweeted this out:
Everybody worth a damn knows you do not step on the Indian head.— CM Punk (@CMPunk) July 10, 2013
I personally take his opinion with a grain of salt. As you may know he was seen hoisting the Cup over his head just a few weeks ago which just as big of a no no. You are only allowed to do that if you actually have won it.
As the day went on the Hawks realized what a big deal this was becoming and issued this statement:
Bieber was very excited to see the Stanley Cup when he entered our locker room last night. As frequently happens with guests into our room, Justin inadvertantly stepped on the team logo on the floor but moved off quickly once immediately reminded. He was apologetic and understanding of the tradition but continued to take photos with the Cup and some young fans. He was extremely genuine and kind with his time. We appreciate his enthusiasm towards hockey and wish him well with the remainder of his tour.
The problem with the Hawks story is that it couldn't have been inadvertent if he was on the logo long enough for him to take a picture and someone else to take a picture of him. Also those three guys in the background are Hawks employees including executive vice president Jay Blunk (middle) and senior director of communications Brandon Faber (right).
Before this picture made the rounds a picture of Bieber posing with the Cup made the rounds. While some fans were upset about this because he is a giant bandwagon jumper and had been seen wearing Wings, Kings & Bruins hats the past few months, the Hawks gave him a personalized jersey and hung it in captain Jonathan Toews' locker.
Now I have no problem with him posing with the Cup or getting a jersey, because the Hawks do that for basically anyone. Was I happy about it? No but that is because the kid annoys me but he has every right to touch and pose with the cup as anyone who happens to run into it at a party or bar.
The most interesting thing about this whole debut is how the media has reacted. Nationally there is a story on the Yahoo Puck Daddy blog saying Bieber is their hero because it is a stupid rule. Locally on 670AM The Score they basically said the same thing and that now this should bring an end to the rule.
I am here to say no, they are wrong. Is it a stupid rule? Sure but it is the rule. It is their locker room and it is a sign of respect. At my high school only seniors could touch the crest in the middle of center court. Clearly it was ok if it happened in gym or a game but don't dare touch it in front of an upper classman or just happen to walk across it.
Same thing, it is a sign of respect. The idea of it shouldn't be on the floor if you don't want people to walk on it is stupider then the rule of avoiding it. In the movie Goon there is a player who has no respect for the game or his team and constantly walks over it. SPOILER if you haven't seen the movie skip this next line. Before the final game he now has respect for the game and his team and avoid's the logo.
It is a tradition and one that a Canadian who supposedly plays hockey, which Bieber claims to do, should know all about. To me that is why it is so annoying.
Either it is a rule that everyone must follow or it isn't. We all know it happens when no one is around and when they are cleaning up but if the rule has to be followed when there are 100 people in it and when tours are going on, why doesn't it have to be followed when there are a handful of people?
The Hawks are just as much to blame for this as Bieber himself. So everyone who is hating on Bieber should also direct their hate to the guys in the background, because they allowed it to happen.