The ‘Toronto Raptors’ have been fined $25,000 for remarks made by their official ambassador Drake, accusing the performer of breaking a rule put in place by the National Basketball Association.
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After becoming the Raptors’ global ambassador last year, Drake cost the team the aforementioned amount this week, after the NBA caught wind remarks he made during his ‘OVO Fest’ in Toronto towards Oklahoma City player Kevin Durant.
Billboard Biz explains:
During Drizzy’s OVO Fest in Toronto, the YMCMB rapper gave a shout-out to Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant, who was in the audience that night. “I just want to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto,”Drake said to thunderous applause. Durant will become a free agent in 2016.
While that’s an innocent enough comment coming from a fan, Drake is no longer just the Raptors’ most famous cheerleader: He’s their official ambassador. So the NBA saw his comments as a recruiting pitch and fined the Raptors $25,000 for violating anti-tampering rules, ESPN reports.
Presumably the rapper will take care to watch his basketball-related comments during future concerts.