Drake Talks Trash to Justin Holiday to Force 5-Second Violation

Katie RichcreekFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016


One might assume having Drake in your ear would pump you up. In the case of Justin Holiday, though, it tripped him up.

The Canadian rapper summoned the 6 God with 25.8 seconds left on the clock in the Toronto Raptors' Monday night game against the Chicago Bulls, talking trash to the guard as he waited to inbound the ball. And it worked—he drew the five-second violation.

Update from Wednesday, March 16

While everyone thought Drake played a role in the five-second violation, Holiday said, per ESPN.com's Nick Friedell, that was not the case:

I wasn't paying attention to him. I was listening to the ref. The ref was talking to me at the time. And I had to focus on getting the ball in the play. I wasn't worried about what Drake was talking about.


It is what it is. It's not that big of a deal. He's a fan—he's a big fan of Toronto, does a lot for them, does a lot as far as supporting them and it's good for him. But at the same time, though, how much credit he's given for that play -- it's people's perspectives but obviously he had nothing to do with the play and what happened with it.


No, he wasn't bothering me. There were thousands of fans in the building yelling at the same time. It's not like I'm going to hear one guy yelling something. I couldn't hear him that play. Really that play, I wasn't worried about him. I came and took it out again and he said something to me before I got the ball, but that play, no. You can see on my face -- because if I heard him I would have made a face like, ['What?']

It's fun to believe that the rapper helped create the turnover. However, it's apparently just not what happened.

--End of Update--

The Raptors lost to the Bulls, 109-107, at Air Canada Centre.