• Toronto Raptors fined $25,000 for Drake concert comments

    Summary of 10 articles · Updated Aug 14, 2014
    According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 due to comments Drake – the franchise’s global ambassador – made onstage about Kevin Durant during a recent concert. The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors for tampering after rapper Drake let Kevin Durant know he was wanted in Canada. For the Raptors, not accepting the league’s offer to remove Drake from his role makes a lot of sense. That’s not up for debate, and nor is that the NBA levied a $25,000 tampering fine against Toronto as a result of Drake’s very public plea. This is coming from someone who can’t name a single Drake song, so I’m hardly backing a favorite singer here, but this fine is incredibly silly. That's a bummer; $25,000 seems like an awful steep price to pay for just wanting to show one of your brothers something. Article 35A of the NBA Constitution states that it’s a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule for any person affiliated with an NBA team to directly or indirectly entice, induce, or persuade, or attempt to entice, induce or persuade, any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person’s services or to negotiate or contract for such services, or otherwise interfere with the employment relationship between that employee and the other NBA team.
    • Report: League Rep Denies Asking Raptors To Fire Drake

      Drake recently made an onstage appeal for Kevin Durant to join the Toronto Raptors, the franchise for which the Canadian superstar serves as team ambassador. That’s not up for debate, and nor is that the NBA levied a $25,000 tampering fine against Toron…
      Source: dimemag.com
    • Report: The NBA offered to rescind a fine if the Toronto Raptors cut ties with Drake

      Rapper/actor/moderately successful cable TV host Drake has an “ambassador” position with the Toronto Raptors, though his role with the organization is still somewhat unclear. He shows up courtside to some games, he’s not quite an investor in Maple Leaf …
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Report: NBA Offered To Drop $25K Tampering Fine If The Raptors Fired Drake

      On Monday, the league fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for violating the anti-tampering rules, citing an incident at Drake‘s OVO Fest concert when he specifically called out Kevin Durant (who was in the crowd), referenced his free agency in 2016, and m…
    • NBA fines Raptors $25,000 for violating anti-tampering rules with Drake's 'pitch' to Kevin Durant

      Hey, remember when Drake took the opportunity to ask the mass of Torontonians assembled at his recent OVO Fest concert to show some love for fellow attendee and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant? HEAD'S UP: The final two seconds of this cli…
      Source: yahoo.com

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