Toronto Raptors Fined $25,000 For Drake’s Comments

 8-12-2014 1-57-51 PM

The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments made by rapper Drake during his OVO Fest last week.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant was the subject of what was deemed a violation of anti-tampering rules. Drake was named the global ambassador for the Raptors in September 2013, so when he gave a shout-out to the reigning MVP in his audience, NBA took it as a recruiting pitch and fined the team on his behalf.

“Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake told the 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 audience launched into a rant, chanting “KD! KD!” as the Thunder star received a standing ovation.

Durant remains under contract with the Oklahoma City league for two more seasons before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. Various teams, notably Durant’s home-state Washington Wizards, as well as the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are positioning themselves to have sufficient salary-cap space to recruit the MVP star for their team.

See the $25,000 moment in the video below:

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)