Drake Denied Access to Heat Locker Room by Security, Responds: 'I Am Media'

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 20:  Rapper Drake attends Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat on June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Drake, who sat courtside during Game 7 and has been a Miami Heat supporter since it became cool to like them, wasn't allowed into the locker room after LeBron James and Co. clinched their second consecutive NBA title on Thursday in a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs

Best of all, the rapper responded to the security personnel who denied him access with one of the most literal, but simultaneously meta comebacks of all time.

Boldly argued, sir.

Think about that for a second. Drake is a musician, so technically, he is media. Never mind that security meant only sports media were allowed into the locker room; his response smacked of his own comically inflated sense of his importance.

He might as well have said: "I am music, sound and color. I am all things and none. You shall let me pass, for I am media." Maybe that's just my imagination running wild, but I'm not the only one who thinks Drake has a little too much swag for his own good.

Of course, if he had really been thinking quickly, he could have just flashed a certain piece of jewelry that could probably have gained him admittance.

I guess the Heat sold those things to anyone willing to pay for them.

To be fair, Drake does have a special place in the hearts of Miami fans, many of whom have been following the team for as long as he has. In a way, he's kind of like the mascot that the Heat never had.

Perhaps an earlier incident, in which Flo Rida's manager was ejected from an Eastern Conference Finals game against the Indiana Pacers, caused some wariness toward rappers among the arena staff.

Drake is probably going to have an easy time recovering from the emotional sting of hearing "no" from someone for the first time in months. And maybe this denial of access gave him a head start on the VIP room and some bottle service at LIV.

Yeah, Drake is going to be fine.