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Drake pitches Kevin Durant, Raptors fined 25k

The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that Drake, rapper and team ambassador, made about Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant at a recent concert in Toronto. The NBA sees the comments as a violation of its anti-tampering rules, ESPN reports.

ESPN’s sources explained that Drake, who was named the Raptors’ global ambassador in September 2013, performed what the league considers a public recruiting pitch: “Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake said, addressing the crowd. “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.” Following Drake’s comments, Durant was met with an ovation, and the crowd reportedly broke out in a “KD” chant.

The Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly planning to court Durant, who will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

New York club loses liquor license after Chris Brown/Drake brawl

A New York City nightclub that was the site of a bottle-hurling brawl after a dispute between the entourages of singers Drake and Chris Brown has had its liquor license suspended. The State Liquor Authority suspended the license of W.i.P. and its adjacent Greenhouse during an emergency meeting Tuesday night.

Agency Chairman Dennis Rosen tells the Daily News that the authority “would not tolerate violent bars that break the law.”

The company that runs Greenhouse sued the city Monday for shutting it down, saying it was losing $264,000 a week. Police shuttered Greenhouse on June 16, citing code violations. Two days earlier, R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake’s entourage faced off in W.i.P. Brown and NBA star Tony Parker were among those injured.

Read more:
Drake not facing arrest in bar brawl case
Chris Brown’s camp has reportedly given NYPD ‘physical evidence’ implicating Drake in bar fight
Chris Brown’s face cut; NYPD confirms altercation between Brown’s and Drake’s entourages — UPDATE

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