Drake is at odds with the NBA.
Toronto native Drake is a fervent supporter of the various sports teams of his beloved city. However, the team that receives his support the most frequently is NBA team the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors have made it through the first round of the playoffs and are currently going through round two against the Cleveland Cavaliers; a formidable foe with one of basketball’s most decorated players, Lebron James.
Drake has been seen frequently sitting courtside during the Raptors games and acted almost like a hype man and extra coach cheering them on to win. But it seems that this time the “Nice For What” rapper has taken his involvement in the team’s success just a little too far.
During a match up between the Raptors and the Cavaliers last week, Drake was once again sitting courtside, as XXL Mag reports, when he began antagonizing Cleveland player Kendrick Perkins. Perkins claims that he was talking to his old teammate Serge Ibaka when Drake butted in.
“I was talking to my old teammate Serge walking into halftime telling him ‘We about to win this game,’ and Drake butted in talking shit to me. So I said something back to him.”
The exchange went beyond the halftime squabble and continued post game when player Jose Calderon had to hold the rapper back. And the fight didn’t go unnoticed.
Drake and Kendrick Perkins exchanged more words postgame pic.twitter.com/Z0rdXDe1uL
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 2, 2018
ESPN issued a statement saying the National Basketball Association has released a warning to Drake for his inappropriate language towards Perkins. Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, apparently had a conversation with Toronto president Masai Ujiri about the incident.
The Raptors will meet the Cavaliers again tonight, May 7th, at 8:30 EST. Fans will have to tune in to see the rivalry continue and if Drake will be there once again to cheer on his team.