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Drake’s Onstage Shout-Out to NBA MVP Kevin Durant Costs Toronto Raptors $25K

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Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSAWhen Drake was appointed an official “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors last year, the team probably thought it would generate not just goodwill for the NBA franchise, but dollars, too — with plans for a whole clothing line as part of the deal. However, now it looks like the arrangement will actually cost the team money.

ESPN reports that a recent comment Drake directed to Oklahoma City Thunder player and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant at Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto last week will cost the franchise $25,000 in fines.

During the show, Drake gave Durant a shout-out from the stage, saying, “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”

Unfortunately, because Durant will become a free agent in 2016, and because Drake is now an official team representative, the league has decided that Drake’s comments violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. ESPN cites a source as saying the league regards Drake’s comments as a public recruiting pitch to a player under contract to another team, resulting in the fine.


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