Being down with Drake sometimes comes with a cost. Kentucky Basketball got hit with a NCAA violation since Drizzy took a picture with then team member Tyler Ulis back in October 2015.
Kentucky reported the violation itself, after noting the Instagram pic (below).
Reports SEC Country:
Oct. 19, 2015 – Level III (non-suspension) violation: A violation of “preferential treatment” occurred when a UK player attended a Drake concert after-party and a member of the famous rapper’s management team recognized the player and invited him back to say hello. UK compliance discovered it after the athlete – whose name is redacted – posted a photo on social media. Tyler Ulis, UK’s started point guard at the time, posted a photo with Drake on Instagram the night of the concert, May 29, 2015, in his hometown of Chicago.
UK notes that Drake, an outspoken Kentucky basketball fan who has participated in Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena, had no contact with the player before the concert and did not provide him or his friends tickets to the show or access to the after-party. No benefit, monetary or otherwise, was gained, the school said. “They merely said hello and took a picture.” The player was briefly declared ineligible but was reinstated on Oct. 14, 2015. He and his teammates were educated on preferential treatment legislation.
Drake had received a cease and desist letter from Kentucky in July 2015, telling him to stop taking pictures with recruits.
No doubt Drake is still in the good graces of John Calipari and the basketball program, just don’t take any pics with him if you’re a 5-star recruit.
[H/T Bleacher Report]