Apparently, Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake has crossed the line with the NBA. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has reported that the Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments Drake made towards Kevin Durant at his recent OVO Fest concert in Toronto.
Hearing Raptors fined $25,000 for comments Drake made at a concert about Kevin Durant that were seen as violation of anti-tampering rules
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 11, 2014
According to the NBA, Drake’s brief comments are considered a violation of the leagues anti-tampering rules, which in this case is essentially recruiting players while they are under contract with another team.
Drake’s shoutout to Kevin Durant sent the Toronto crowd into a frenzy, quickly sparking a “KD” chant to echo through the Molson Amphitheatre.
The famous Toronto rapper has never been shy about showing his love for sports, particularly Toronto teams. But with his association to the Toronto Raptors, are moments like this considered crossing the line?
With Kevin Durant set to become a free agent in the summer of 2016, many teams around the league are preparing themselves to take a run at the coveted Thunder forward. While his home-state Washington Wizards would love to sign Durant, you figure that teams like the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will all be tentatively waiting for Durant as well.
But with the Raptors set to have over $30 million in salary cap space the next two seasons, can we count them in on the “way-too-early” Kevin Durant sweepstakes as well? If Drake’s comments are any indication, I’d say yes.
The video of Drake’s comments is below. What do you think? Did Drake go to far with his alleged “recruiting pitch” at OVO Fest? Or is it no big deal?
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Warning: Video Contains Profanity