Beyond his music, Drake is known for being a fan of Toronto teams (and a whole lot of others), perhaps especially the Raptors given his “global ambassador” role. And during their Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday, he got into quite the verbal exchanges with Cavs’ center Kendrick Perkins (who was inactive for the game and in a suit). This first boiled over at halftime:
"I don't think Drake want that one."
— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) May 2, 2018
And flared up again after the Raptors lost 113-112 in overtime (warning: NSFW language):
Drake and Kendrick Perkins exchanged more words postgame pic.twitter.com/Z0rdXDe1uL
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 2, 2018
As Bruce Arthur of The Toronto Star noted, it continued after that video, too:
This went all the way into the tunnel, with Drake calling Perkins a "f—— p—-" and calling for him to come out. "I'm here in real life," he said. He was mad. https://t.co/3DJ2HBvrWN
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 2, 2018
This led to a whole lot of Twitter speculation that a fight with Perkins (listed at 6’10”, 270-pounds) would go quite poorly for the rapper (reportedly around 6’0”).
Big Perk to Drake. pic.twitter.com/kCHqx6gSom
— josh (@Believeland16) May 2, 2018
Literally nobody holding Drake back, several people extremely concerned Perk is about to commit murder. https://t.co/DwvGi69CKY
— Greg (Blog Boy) (@gwiss) May 2, 2018
Jose Calderon holding Drake back while Swish holds Perk back is the most ambitious crossover event since Infinity Wars. https://t.co/7PwHMcB7m4
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 2, 2018
Drake after him and Perk fight pic.twitter.com/k114dAD7Bj
— ℙ𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕤 𝕊B 𝟝𝟛 ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕞𝕡𝕤 (@caymiendavis) May 2, 2018
This wouldn’t have been perfect without a Degrassi: The Next Generation shot. And it wasn’t the only case of tempers flaring Tuesday; that also happened on-court, with the Raptors’ Fred Van Vleet trying to make a run at LeBron James at one point in a similar size mismatch. But yeah, Drake might want to pick a fight with someone a little smaller mext time?