You may or may not have heard of superstar Canadian rapper Drake but you’ve likely heard some of his music before on the radio.
Amongst his many accolades including four Grammy Awards and the fact that all five of his solo studio albums have all gone multi-platinum; Drake also invented that unbearable word “YOLO,” which means, “you only live once.”
But if you think the creation of that word is annoying then wait until you get a load of how he became the most annoying fan in all of sports.
The Toronto rapper has earned a reputation for being somewhat of a bad luck charm for a number of top-level sports teams and athletes in recent years, as people have noticed that whenever he associates with particular athletes or endorses certain teams they almost always end up suffering some sort of misfortune or loss.
Whether it’s football teams such as Arsenal, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain being on the receiving end of a series of defeats for their respective teams shortly after being pictured with Drake, or UFC fighter Conor McGregor losing to KhabibNurmagomedov after walking into the ring with the rapper following just behind.
The Drake curse has become quite the phenomenon.
Over the weekend, Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Anthony Joshua lost his belt to an overweight underdog named Andy Ruiz Jr. and it shocked the world. Of course, there was a picture taken with Drake and Joshua just a little over a month ago.
On the other hand, Drake is a gigantic Toronto Raptors fan and now they are 1-1 after winning the first game and a depleted Warriors team stealing the second.
But that doesn’t make his courtside antics any less annoying.
Throughout the games you can hear the Grammy Award Winner talking trash to the Golden State Warriors players, giving Raptors head coach Nick Nurse backrubs and during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he spilled a beer all over the court floor.
Jeff Nowak correctly pointed out on Twitter posting a video of the shoulder rub to Nurse, “If I did what Drake just did at a Raptors game I would be tackled by no fewer than 14 people.”
If I did what Drake just did at a Raptors game I would be tackled by no fewer than 14 people …
Nick Nurse didn’t even notice. Time to just him as assistant coach/hype man and be done with it. pic.twitter.com/zDcTpOHzUu
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) May 22, 2019
And he’s right. The only reason Drake can get away with it is by using his celebrity status.
But does Drake care that nearly everyone finds him insufferable? Apparently not because the NBA commissioner’s office reached out to Drake’s “people” to ask him to tone it down just a little bit and he ignored them. It’s cool he’s a super fan of the team and all but he’s selfishly and weirdly tries to take credit.
Actor Jack Nicholson and director Spike Lee are both super fans of their respective Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, but you don’t see them come close to the annoyance that Drake comes off as, albeit those two have been known to heckle every now and again.
In a piece on “The Ringer” entitled “Drake is the True Villain of the NBA Finals,” Lindsay Zoladzwrote, What bothers me most is the generalized sense of permission with which Drake walks around the sidelines of Scotiabank Arena, with the half-conscious air of a man popping into his own kitchen to make a midnight sandwich. He’s so at home on the court that I’m sometimes surprised to see he’s even wearing shoes.”
That’s right. Drake treats that arena like it’s his home – not like a rented home; like he owns the place – and more arrogantly like he’s a part of team; just waiting for Nick Nurse asking him to suit up and take the court. And he probably wouldn’t even need to be asked. He’d just do it.