February 16, 2009
Rihanna is feeling the love in the court of public opinion-and on the basketball court.
During a break in the action at the NBA's All-Star slam-dunk contest Saturday at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, the Rihanna song "Umbrella" played on the PA system.
Many in the sell-out crowd-which included Eva Longoria Parker, Corbin Bleu, Jordin Sparks, Ludacris, Maria Shriver, Spike Lee and Elliot Yamin-promptly cheered when the tune came on.
Chris Brown had been scheduled to perform at several of the All-Star weekend events, but canceled in the wake of his arrest following his alleged assault of Rihanna.
An NBA official tells E! News of Brown's pulling out: "He's not exactly missed. He does not currently represent the image we are trying to project."