Scooter Braun & LeBron James Talked Justin Bieber Out Of A $5 Million Performance Deal At The RNC

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Yes, it’s too late now to say sorry.

Fortunately, Justin Bieber did not perform at the Republican National Convention, but there was an opportunity to, and he considered it.

TMZ reports the Biebs was offered $5 million to perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held. The promoter assured CAA, the talent agency handling the deal, that Justin’s appearance there was “not political” and would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies.

Uh huh.

Justin would have received the check in full upfront, the largest lump sum of money he was ever offered. TMZ reports he considered going through with it “partly because he’s Canadian and didn’t have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.”

Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, had a huge problem with it. Their sources claim Braun thought it was “100 percent political.”

From TMZ:

“We’re told Scooter wasn’t heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We’re told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read “All Lives Matter.” The donors also made it clear … Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.”

“We’re told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn’t continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.”

“Our sources say the promoter told Scooter … LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin’s people got in touch with LeBron’s people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.
On top of all that, we’re told Justin’s band, comprised entirely of African-Americans, did not want to do the show.”

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