Kentucky Reportedly Issued Drake Cease-and-Desist Letter After Blue Madness

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2015

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO FRIDAY - Kentucky coach John Calipari, left, and hip-hop star Drake speak during the team's NCAA college basketball Big Blue Madness, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Renowned rapper Drake's love for the game of basketball is well-documented, but it reportedly got the 28-year-old Canadian into some hot water with the University of Kentucky.

According to Kami Mattioli of Sporting News, the school sent the Toronto Raptors global ambassador a cease-and-desist letter for his interactions with three recruits at the Big Blue Madness event at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, last October.

Per Mattioli:

After informing the three recruits in town for Big Blue Madness that they were not allowed to have contact with Drake, athletic directors went as far as trying to coordinate who would be in the hallways to ensure that they did not cross paths.

After Big Blue Madness concluded, Drake "headed back toward the locker room to say goodbye to the head coach (who wasn't there)" and "PSA #3 (who Sporting News identified as four-star shooting guard commit Charles Matthews) approached Graham and requested a picture."

Team Matthews @nichole0335

Big Blue Madness was Crazy!!!' Loved It! http://t.co/F65u44Pxo3

According to Mattioli, that resulted in Kentucky self-reporting a minor Level III violation in the form of a letter to the NCAA:

"(The University of Kentucky has) issued a cease-and-desist letter to (Drake) directing him to refrain from conversations with prospects or taking photos with prospects when that conversation or photo occurs outside the parameters established by the NCAA," the letter said.

Head coach John Calipari spoke about the incident on Twitter:

John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari

Just so everyone knows, my dear friend @Drake took pics with fans as well as a couple guys as as he was leaving the arena after Madness.

John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari

There are no issues with @Drake and UK, and Drake is and always will be a part of our Big Blue family. I hope to see him on campus soon.

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As it turns out, Drake's visit to Rupp Arena wasn't particularly fruitful. In addition to being part of a recruiting violation, he showed off some less than stellar shooting skills, as seen in this Vine, courtesy of BuzzFeed:

BuzzFeed @BuzzFeed

Drake Shoots An Air Ball During Basketball Warm-Ups, The Internet Has A Field Day http://t.co/q6sHFZHOV4 https://t.co/Df7eQoPJsr

The NCAA's breakdown of Level III violations doesn't appear to get into specifics regarding situations similar to the one Kentucky self-reported with Drake. Matthews had verbally committed to the Wildcats eight months before the Madness event, so, per Mattioli, "Kentucky argued that it was not considered a recruiting advantage in the 'mitigating circumstances' section of its correspondence."

As things currently stand, the NCAA has yet to release any information about the type of discipline Kentucky might face.      

The next time one of the biggest rap stars in the world is in Lexington, though, one can only assume that Calipari will be a bit more cognizant of where his prospective recruits are.

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