Justin Bieber's shocking DUI arrest sparked heated reactions on the Internet yesterday. Beliebers came together to show support for their favorite pop star while some less compassionate blogs experimented with a few different ways to say, "I told you so." Actor Seth Rogan didn't hide his true feelings, either.
One day after the arrest, Bieber's inner circle is speaking out about the Miami incident. And their reactions are a little more empathetic.
Jeremy Bieber, Justin's dad, broke his silence on Twitter. "I can protect my kids, but I can't protect them from you and your lies. Believe in the truth not in the lies of the enemy. #reallife." It's been alleged that Jeremy was at the scene of the arrest in Miami early Thursday morning, though that has yet to be confirmed.
Justin's manager, Scooter Braun, also shared his thoughts. "Been a long day," he tweeted late Thursday night. "Bottom line is we are defined by how we handle adversity. Be there when it counts. Love fully in good times and bad." Scooter first discovered Justin on YouTube seven years ago and helped score his record deal with Island Def Jam.
Lil Za, Justin's rapper pal who was recently arrested for felony drug possession when cops raided Bieber's home following an egging incident with his neighbor, isn't taking the arrest lightly. "He's fine..." Za tweeted. "Nobody's happy. nobody thinks it's a joke."
Speaking of jokes, Jimmy Fallon—Bieber's late night TV pal—poked fun at the pop star's arrest during his opening monologue, but he went far easier on JB than his late-night colleagues Kimmel, Leno and Conan. "Poor guy. I don't know. He's in some trouble, man," Fallon said. "He was arrested today in Miami for drag racing and drunk driving in a rented Lamborghini, which is pretty surprising when you hear that the only race car he'd been in before that was his bed."
After posting his $2,500 bond, Bieber's next court date is scheduled for Monday, January 27.