NBA denies telling Toronto Raptors to fire Drake

The rapper incurred a fine for his team with comments at a recent concert

The NBA have denied wanting basketball team Toronto Raptors to fire Drake from his role as global ambassador.

The rapper landed the team with a $25,000 (£15,000) fine after making comments about Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant while performing at his own OVO Fest in Toronto on August 4. Drake told the crowd: “I just want to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto” of the player who was in the audience.

His comments broke the NBA’s anti-tampering rules, which state that a team cannot explicitly pursue another team’s player while they are under contract. Reports suggested that the Raptors had been asked to fire Drake as a result of the incident but the NBA have denied this, as Pitchfork report.

An official statement from the governing body reads: “At no point did we suggest his title be removed but we were clear that as long as he acted as a representative of the team, he is subject to the league’s rules.”