According to an unnamed ESPN source, the Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for an inappropriate comment made by Drake on behalf of the team.
The comment in question was made by him during last weekend’s OVO Fest. “Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” he said to the sold out Molson Amphitheatre crowd. “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” The crowd obliged of course, chanting “KD” in response.
Unfortunately, the no fun league didn’t take too kindly to the remark, because, according to its anti-tampering rules, players can’t be pitched on a future team while they’re still under contract. Even if he is the team’s ambassador, it’s a bit silly that the Raptors were fined for what was a very nonchalant comment. Kevin Durant is a very good basketball player—not to mention an awesome human being—and anyone with even a slight interest in basketball wants a player like him on their team.
If the Raptors are pursuing Durant, they’re certainly not the only team to be doing so; according to ESPN, the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are all freeing up cap space to make a run at Durant when his contract with Oklahoma City expires in 2016. Certainly none of those teams have tried to pitch Durant, amirite? [via ESPN]
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