The sports world and the music world continue to intersect as Drake's NBA tampering saga deepens. We're used to seeing Drake vs. Shad, the frustrating false dichotomy of Canadian hip-hop, often brought up in discussions of the Polaris Prize. Now it's spread to NBA punditry too.
A few days ago, the Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 for Drake's recruitment pitch to NBA MVP Kevin Durant at OVO Fest. Things got more heated as Globe & Mail columnist Cathal Kelly wrote an article claiming that the NBA offered to drop the fine if Drake was (quietly) stripped of his title as team ambassador. Then the NBA refuted the scoop:
"As the Raptors' global ambassador, Drake must follow our anti-tampering rules," Tim Frank, the league's senior vice-president of basketball communications, said in an email to The Canadian Press on Wednesday. "At no point did we suggest his title be removed but we were clear that as long as he acted as a representative of the team, he is subject to the league's rules."
But Drake didn't weigh in until ESPN columnist Kevin Blackistone invoked the name of Shad:
— Kevin B. Blackistone (@ProfBlackistone) August 12, 2014
Here's his response:
Did Kevin Blackistone really just ask why Shad or the other "dancehall rappers" aren't the Global Ambassador? Haaa stop the madness.
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 13, 2014
Stop the madness.