News

Kevin Durant comment costs Raptors $25K

Kevin Durant comment costs Raptors $25K

TORONTO LOVES KEVIN: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots a technical foul shot in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 27. Photo: Associated Press/Sue Ogrocki

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake’s comment of support for Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant just cost the Toronto Raptors $25,000.

Last week, Drake did a show in Toronto and Durant was in attendance.

Drake said, “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 cheered and chanted.

The problem: Drake is a “global ambassador” for the Raptors and the NBA saw his comment as public recruiting pitch. That’s a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rules.

Latest Stories

in Sports

INSTANT REPLAY: The week’s best sports photos

Fresh
cavaliers

A look back at some of the week's biggest plays in sports and the moments you may have missed.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

Fresh
hockey

Here's a look at some of the big sporting events taking place this weekend.

in Sports

Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president

Updated
FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, Blatter said Friday.

Sepp Blatter's FIFA re-election came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal.