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Bulls’ Justin Holiday says he couldn’t hear Drake yelling at him


Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday insists Drake standing up and yelling in his ear was not the cause of him committing a five-second inbound violation during Monday’s 109-107 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The incident in question occurred with less than a minute remaining and the Raptors down by three. The rapper and die-hard Raptors backer stood up directly behind Holiday as he attempted to inbound the ball. It appeared that Drake was informing Holiday that the Bulls were out of timeouts.

Despite the appearance that Drake distracted him into the five-second violation, Holiday insists that’s not the case.

“I wasn’t paying attention to him,” Holiday said, via ESPN. “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.”

Video of the play has prompted debate concerning how people seated courtside should conduct themselves in such situations, not to mention spawned countless memes, something even Holiday finds amusing.

“That was hilarious,” he said. “The one with Meek Mill’s face? That mess was funny.”

Despite all the hype that has surrounded the play and how everyone he knows has sent him video of what occurred, Holiday discounted Drake’s role in what transpired on the court and that the rapper, while deserving of praise for how he supports the Raptors, doesn’t deserve any credit for causing the violation.

“No, he wasn’t bothering me,” Holiday said. “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?’]”