The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for comments that rapper Drake made about league MVP Kevin Durant at a concert last week, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
According to Stein, the league saw the comments as a violation of anti-tampering rules.
Towards the end of the rapper's Aug. 4 concert in Toronto, which Durant attended, Drake hinted at recruiting Durant to play for the Raptors:
"I just want to show one of my brothers something. 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 burst into an enthusiastic ovation, and started chanting "KD."
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In September, the Raptors named Drake the team's "global ambassador" and have leveraged the Toronto-born rapper's fame on multiple occasions. In January, the team hosted "Drake Night," and in April, the Raptors produced a promotional video narrated by Drake in advance of the playoffs.
Durant, for his part, had a good time at the show:
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