Fans watching the NBA Finals may have noticed less of Drake on the sidelines toward the end of the series — and there’s a reason for that.
The NBA reached out to the Canadian rapper and asked him not to travel to Oakland due to “security concerns,” according to a report from TMZ, which cited multiple unidentified sources.
Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham, told TMZ that he thought some of the “security issues” might be from Warriors fans who hold a grudge for how Drake acted on the sideline during the finals.
“When people see you in Toronto and you’re making sideline things like that you have to be careful,” Graham said. “With the rowdy fans, you can’t take chances.”
Drake didn’t seem too bothered by the request, though. He ended up watching Game 6 with the fans at Toronto’s Jurassic Park and later celebrated with the Raptors in Las Vegas.
Drake made headlines when he got into an altercation with Warriors star Draymond Green after Game 1 of the series when Green passed by the rapper on his way back to the locker room. While Drake appeared to be in a playful mood, Green wasn’t having it as the two exchanged words. Stephen Curry later stepped in and separated the two.
It turns out, though, that the two have been friends for the past five years. Drake and Green later met for dinner in Toronto to clear the air.
The NBA reportedly spoke to the Raptors about Drake’s sideline activity ahead of the series. The rapper received attention and scrutiny for his courtside behavior, but Green said after their altercation that he didn’t think it was necessary for the league to address Drake’s antics.
“I think so many people make a big deal out of it. It is what it is,” Green told reporters. “He’s a fan. He talks, and it gets more attention because he’s Drake. So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that.’ Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles.”