The Toronto Raptors have reportedly been fined $25,000 for comments Drake made during a concert in his hometown last week.
While performing at Toronto’s OVO Fest on Aug. 4, the rapper gave a shout-out to Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant – currently the NBA’s Most Valuable Player – encouraging him to join the Raptors team.
“My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us," he told the audience, who cheered wildly. “I just want to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto.”
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The public statement apparently violates the league's anti-tampering rules, which disallow team representatives from trying to recruit players who are already under contract.
Last October, the Canadian rapper announced a partnership with the struggling basketball team and was appointed as its official “Global Brand Ambassador” in hopes of reinvigorating the failing franchise.
Drake performs at Ovo Fest in Toronto. All photos: © Getty
“I want to bring the excitement into this building, I want a team that people are dying to come see, I want the tickets to be extremely hard to get," Drake said at the time.
While Kevin did not respond directly to Drake's plea, he did post a message on Twitter after the music festival to express his love for "the 6" a.k.a, Toronto.
“I love the 6. Thanks @drake, nikko, chubs, future, P Reign and the rest of the crew. Y’all showed so much love. Back in the 405!!!”
I love the 6. Thanks @drake, nikko, chubs, future, P Reign and the rest of the crew. Y'all showed so much love. Back in the 405!!!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 5, 2014