From LeBron James Fandom to Kevin Durant Stare-Down: Rihanna’s Best Sports Moments

Rihanna stands courtside at the 2017 NBA Finals Game 1. / Photo Credit: Getty

Rihanna stands courtside at the 2017 NBA Finals Game 1. / Photo Credit: Getty














When Rihanna steps out at any given event, there’s no telling what headlines she’ll make. She’s guaranteed to become a paparazzi magnet as shown by her 2017 Met Gala appearance and Coachella pit stop. For Game 1 of the NBA Finals last weekend, Riri’s appearance was no different.

Rihanna’s devotion to sports runs deeper than just courtside appearances; she’s an ardent fan of basketball and an even bigger fan of one of the league’s top players, Cleveland Cavalier, LeBron James. From her court side antics during Game 1 of the NBA finals to flashing her bra in celebration of Germany’s World Cup victory, the chart-topping bad gal can’t quite contain her passion for sports and the sports world loves every moment of it.

Take a look back at some of Rihanna’s best sports moments below.

Rihanna sports a bubblegum pink pixie wig at the L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game 

Rihanna sees no limits when it comes to style, proving to the world why she’s dubbed a “style icon.”  She rocked a bubblegum pink pixie wig during the 2014 playoffs as she cheered on the Clippers (she also congratulated her “R.O.C brother” Kevin Durant on his win — pre-Stare-downgate) and all eyes in the Staples Center were certainly on Rih. “We raided Nicki’s wig closet for the summer!”, she tweeted. “Bad gals just wanna have fun!”

Rihanna shows Lebron James love on Instagram

While she didn’t tattoo Bron’s name (so you know it’s real), drawing his jersey number “23” in icing on her stomach comes close. Rih’s been a longtime fan of King James (she name-drops him on “Bitch Better Have My Money“), cheering him on from South Beach to Cleveland. When she posted a bikini-clad picture tagging the three-time NBA champ, she confirmed her loyalty to James.


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Rihanna inks multi-year partnership with PUMA

Taking her street style to the PUMA head office, Rihanna assumed the role of Creative Director of PUMA’s women’s division and has since turned the sportswear brand on its head with her innovative designs and forward-thinking collections. The singer’s remake of PUMA’s classic creeper silhouette catapulted her to the forefront of sneaker culture and earned Rihanna the Footwear News award “Shoe of the Year.” She was also the first woman to win the award, besting past winners Adidas’ Stan Smith and Kanye West’s Yeezys.

 Rihanna flashes her bra in celebration of Germany’s World Cup win

There are no rules on how to celebrate a team’s victory, not that Rihanna would follow them anyway. The singer attended the 2014 World Cup finals in Rio De Janeiro to cheer on her beloved Germany team and couldn’t contain her excitement as she flashed game attendees.

Rihanna got up close and personal with the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy

After unleashing a barrage of tweets throughout the World Cup series and after celebrating Germany’s win, Rihanna was at the center of controversy after photo surfaced of her holding the trophy, an honor given only to FIFA World Cup champions and heads of states. The singer took to Twitter to express her excitement saying, “I touched the cup, held the cup, kissed the cup, took a selfie wit the cup!!! I meeeaan…… what is YO bucket list looking like bruh?” later tweeting a photo of her posing with soccer players Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.

Rihanna dabs courtside and defends LeBron James during Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals

The best moments of the NBA Finals usually come from the players’ on-court performances but during this year’s Finals opener, all the attention was diverted to the star-studded front row of the court, where Rihanna jumped up out of her seat to do everything from allegedly taunting Kevin Durant — who was asked in the post press-conference if he was staring her down — to Dabbing.

Though the Cavs fell short to the Warriors in a 132-113 loss, Rihanna remained optimistic, saying backstage that “the King is always King” in honor of LBJ.

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