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Drake on NBA tampering saga: “Stop the madness”

The false Drake vs. Shad dichotomy spreads from music to sports as the plot thickens.

- Aug 14, 2014

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:

Here's his response:

For the record, Shad is a basketball fan but not a Raptors fan. And he has his own problems with the NBA.

Stop the madness.

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