Kentucky Reports 2nd NCAA Rules Violation Involving Rapper Drake

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2016

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It's no secret that rapper Drake is a fan of winning sports teams, and the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team seems to top his list.

However, the No. 9 team in the country may want to start putting some distance between itself and the Grammy winner after it had to self-report a minor rules violation involving the rapper for the second time Oct. 19.

Per Jerry Tipton and Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, this photo Drake took with Wildcats point guard Tyler Ulis at a concert in May is considered a Level III violation in the NCAA rulebook as "preferential treatment":

The Herald-Leader reported this type of violation is defined as "isolated or limited in nature," and any competitive or recruiting advantage is "minimal." Ulis' name was redacted in an open-records report obtained by the newspaper, though it said Kentucky declared the "player" ineligible but reinstated him Oct. 14.

It became obvious the player was Ulis once the sophomore uploaded the photo to his Instagram account.

The Wildcats self-reported the first violation involving the "Hotline Bling" rapper after a recruit posed for a photo with him at Kentucky's 2014 Big Blue Madness event prior to the first practice of the season.

Sporting News reported that Kentucky sent a cease-and-desist letter to Drake in July.

Drake's involvement with the team has not hurt the Wildcats in terms of action on the court, but it has been a headache for the compliance office.


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