We’ve all heard the expressions “pictures or it didn’t happen” and “video or it didn’t happen,” implying that in this age of social media, visual proof is needed of any great feat, accomplishment or even ridiculousness that someone might have witnessed or participated in.
If someone had told us that Justin Moore went toe-to-toe with a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and did pretty well for himself, we might have chuckled out loud, but dang if there isn’t video! So it most definitely happened, and Justin shared it on social media.
Now, even though Justin has a smaller stature that he uses in a self-deprecating manner, he’s actually a pretty accomplished b-ball player. According to a 2015 interview he did with “Sports Illustrated,” Justin started on his high school basketball team, and they won their state championship his senior year, although he downplays his role on the team. And, like a lot of country stars, the Arkansas native and his crew often find an open gym, court or playground to get a fun workout in while on the road.
But this time was a little different. Actually, it was a lot different.
Justin’s “Hell On a Highway Tour” stopped in Trenton, New Jersey, to play the CURE Insurance Arena on Feb. 23, and while the crew was there to build the stage and set up the venue, the 5’ 6” country star got a visit from the legendary 6’ 8” Harlem Globetrotter forward Zeus McClurkin. But Zeus wasn’t there just to meet Justin or even to get a good seat at the show. The basketball star was there to throw down the gauntlet, challenging Justin to a game of horse.
As they were waiting for the floor to clear, Zeus told Justin that, as a younger man, he grew five inches in one summer. The hilarious singer deadpanned, “That didn’t happen to me.”
But if Justin was intimidated, it sure didn’t show! With no key on the floor, it’s hard to tell if any of those shots were three-pointers, but Justin handily hit a long shot from the right, as well as simple lay-ups from both sides, and several jump shots were nothing but net. Yet when Zeus reached into his Globetrotter bag of tricks, things started to get a little more challenging for the diminutive country star. But it was a half-court underhand shot that locked in the “e” of “horse” and made Zeus the winner of the game.
Still, you have to give it up for Justin, who hit that court with no reservations and competed with a gentleman who looked like he was a cheerleader taller than him. And hey, he got a nice jersey out of the deal and was able to walk away with his head held high.
Not quite 6’ 8” high, but high enough.
And he’s looking for a rematch, so watch it, Zeus. There’s a target on your back. Or your knees.