As we reported earlier in the week, hip hop star Drake got the Toronto Raptors in to a bit of trouble after courting Kevin Durant for the Raptors at one of his gigs where the MVP was present.
Because Drake has an official title as 'Global Ambassador' with the franchise, this counted as tapping up - or tampering - and the Raptors were handed a $25,000 dollar fine from the NBA.
According to reports coming out of The Globe and Mail, the NBA actually offered the Raptors head office a sort of bribe. If they were willing to fire Drake from his official role, they would completely rescind the fine and look the other way.
From the article:
"Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public.
They also refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused."
Drake's apparently offending enticement was made on stage at an OVO concert – hardly the place you try to illegally tap up a player. Well Drake did and invited the man up to get some props from the crowd and do his job, entice players to the Great White North.
“You know, my brother [Oklahoma City Thunder star] Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said. “I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”
The crowd cheered. Durant was delighted. Drake burnished his local-hero status. For the sake of all concerned, it would best have been left there. Instead, the NBA completely freaked out.
Drake and Toronto are linked for this exact reason. The music star is a huge name and a massive celebrity, and whatever he can do to get players to come to the Raptors. Why would Toronto want to cut something they get for free.