The Toronto Raptors are loyal. Reportedly, the NBA offered to drop the $25,000 fine it levied on the Raptors for tampering over comments Drake made to Kevin Durant if the team stripped the rapper of his global ambassador title.
Reports the Globe and Mail:
This has risen beyond the level of a spat. It’s an executive knife fight. Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public.
They also refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused.
Interestingly, Drake reportedly does not get paid for his Raptors gig.
The Toronto hip-hop star has a title, but it cannot be claimed he is an employee of the basketball team. By definition, an employee works for wages.
Drake draws no salary. When the Raptors gave out Drake-branded OVO T-shirts at a game in January, they were purchased at cost. Drake didn’t make a nickel of profit from them.
Gotta respect that sort of devotion.