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Report: Raptors fined $25,000 for Drake’s comments recruiting Kevin Durant

Aug 11, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

You can’t do that, Drake.

The Toronto-based hip hop star may be a fan of wherever LeBron James is playing — notice how much he was around the Heat and trying to get into their locker room after they won a title, don’t be shocked if he’s now in Cleveland a lot — but he actually has a position in the Raptors organization. Officially he is their “Global Brand Ambassador” which means doing some marketing stuff, and maybe helping design some alternate jerseys, and likely not much else. Save for rolling lint.

If you’re a team official you cannot, no matter the circumstance, recruit players under contract. At the Toronto OVO festival Drake did a little light-hearted recruitment of Kevin Durant, as you can see in the video above (Durant was at the show). When it happened PBT’s Dan Feldman called it tampering, and apparently the league agreed, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Not a shock. Also pretty much just a slap on the wrist. But a reminder to Drake he has to go the full Jay-Z and give up his share of the team before he can go talking about players now.

Durant can be a free agent in 2016 and that has already become a buzz-worthy topic. Even though right now not even Durant knows what he is going to do. Two seasons is a couple lifetimes away in the NBA.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Drop in the bucket for the Raptors. Or even Drake, who is now on the road half a million for a show (supposedly).

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Honorableee mentiooonnnnn………

  3. bankai78 - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Drake should pay this fine. Apparently his Bank of America account got six figures.

  4. csbanter - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    No comment

  5. bucrightoff - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Drake has already admitted he’s looking for places in Cleveland so he can ride LeBron’s and Manziel’s nuts. Dude is the worst bandwagoner there is, he claimed to be a UK fan but there he was, chilling in the UConn locker room after they beat UK for the title. Dedicated or what?

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      “Started from the bottom now I’m here…. the locker room of whichever team won.”

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Drake? Isn’t that a male duck?

  7. jayrandle - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Drake is the type of guy…
    That’s on behalf of his hometown gives a sincere genuine request for Kevin Durant to ply for his Raptors…
    Than have his team paying $25,000 because it was an illegal request.

  8. jayrandle - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Drake is the type of guy…
    That’s on behalf of his hometown gives a sincere genuine request for Kevin Durant to play for his Raptors…
    Than have his team paying $25,000 because it was an illegal request.

  9. cbking05 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Drake is OK…. can’t hate on a cool cat like this…guy won me over …. his raps are pretty tight…only guy that i listen to of this era, but i still couldnt name a song of his…lol … cool youg dude that loves to make people laugh and spits out rhymes with flow over the beat.

    Man WTF am i defending this guy for …. i sould like a teenie bopper

  10. jattsoorma - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    well we all can expect drake to brag about this fine in an upcoming song.

  11. jhuck92 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    That’s a pipe dream, Drake. Everyone knows Durant is going to Washington in 2 years

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