Although on the surface it may appear as though Drake is a bandwagon sports fan, the rapper wants to let everyone know that he isn't one. However, he will most likely be at one of the NBA's hottest spots next season.
Drake was spotted trying to celebrate with the Miami Heat after the 2013 NBA Finals, and he made headlines by supporting the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2014 NCAA tournament. Those appearances helped stir up the bandwagon claims.
In a media conference call done on Friday, via Complex's Lauren Nostro and Frazier Tharpe, Drake addressed the perception of him being a bandwagon fan:
Well, first of all, I'd like to say that despite what everyone on the Internet thinks, I do not team jump. In the past I've always supported the player and not the institution—unless we're talking about the Kentucky Wildcats and the Toronto Raptors; I will never stray from them. But whether it comes to soccer or football or basketball, I have a lot of friends that play for a lot of teams. I'm not team jumping. I'm a supportive friend.
That sounds perfectly legitimate. It's not a crime to be a fan of a certain player. If someone is a friend of a player, they have every right—and perhaps even an obligation—to support that player.
However, some people will probably have a problem with the fact that Drake is planning on being a Cleveland supporter next year. It's no secret that Drake is a huge Johnny Manziel fan. With Manziel playing for the Browns and LeBron James now back with the Cavaliers, look for Drake to be in Cleveland quite a bit.
Of course, I'm gonna go watch games in Cleveland. If not for LeBron—who I said is a brother to me, we've got three kids from Toronto on one team, plus Manziel who is part of our family and our brother. I definitely have to look into some real estate in Cleveland and spend some months of the year out there. Like I said, my teams will always forever be who they are but I will support the group who has shifted to Cleveland.
Again, Drake isn't claiming to be a fan of the teams. He has a couple of teams that he is a fan of, but for the most part, it sounds like he is a fan of individual players more than anything.
[h/t USA Today's FTW]