Fame and fortune can buy access, but no amount of hit records or Twitter followers can put you in the Miami Heat locker room after a championship game.
Drake learned this truth the hard way after the 2013 NBA Finals. The Canadian rapper attempted to visit LeBron James and company after their Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, but found himself barred at the door by security at American Airlines Arena.
Facing a rare moment of rejection, Drake waited outside as credentialed members of the working press streamed by unhindered to conduct their interviews.
Journalists with ESPN West Palm captured video of Drake getting blocked at the door and posted it online.
The video quickly went viral and the world enjoyed a brief moment of schadenfreude at Drizzy’s expense—except for ESPN West Palm, which claims that it's trying to make it up to the rapper by gaining him access as a credentialed member of the media.
According to ESPN West Palm’s blog, the station is looking to gain access for “Aubrey Drake Graham,” who they count as an employee of their staff.
Yup, let’s get Drake a press pass—or act like we're going to because it’ll get traction in the blogs.
Let’s pretend for a minute that ESPN does get Drake a press pass. Would it be hilarious, or the worst thing to happen since the Spanish Flu?
Seeing Drake in the locker room holding a microphone to LeBron’s face would be funny, considering it would reduce the rapper to his true capacity: a giddy fan, as opposed to a celebrity of equal renown who is good friends with the athletes.
On the flip side, Drake being media means dealing with the sight of him flashing a press badge and making a mockery out of an entire profession in the name of hanging out with LeBron.
If they do make Drake “media,” he should start with some sort of stat-checking internship. After that he can try out blogging and work his way up to Rick Reilly Tweet approver. Making your name in the media world is no banana cream pie in the sky, Aubrey.
You've got to work your way into that locker room, and that means a lot of late nights, early mornings and goofy stories about radio station stunts.
On the Twitters.