Bay Area radio station bans Drake music for rest of NBA Finals
Drake somehow continues to be among the biggest storylines of the NBA Finals, and now the “global ambassador” of the Toronto Raptors has been targeted by a Bay Area radio station.
KBLX-FM, an urban adult contemporary radio station serving the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced a total ban on all Drake music for the balance of the NBA Finals in support of the Golden State Warriors.
“[We] could not stand on the sidelines and accept Drake showing no love for our Golden State Warriors,” reads a statement issued by KBLX operations and programs director Elroy Smith, via The Mercury News. “It is my joy to cease and desist all of Drake’s music on KBLX in support a team that is loved by the Bay Area and around the world. Oh yes, we are proclaiming a 3-peat.”
It merits noting this is not the first time a radio station has banned Drake’s music amid the hometown team’s postseason showdown with the Raptors. A Milwaukee station did the same during the Raptors-Bucks matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The musician has of course rubbed a lot of people the wrong way — especially when it comes to Toronto’s playoff opponents and their respective fan bases — throughout the Raptors’ run to the Finals. Arguably the biggest celebrity superfan in the NBA, the case can be made he occasionally crosses the line with some of his courtside conduct.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently revealed he had a chat with Drake about possibly toning things down a bit. Yet, given how Drake has continued to amp up his behavior during the Finals, he clearly is paying no mind to Silver’s suggestions.
That said, one NBA legend-turned-analyst recently endorsed Drake’s antics throughout the postseason, so how one views his conduct is largely dependent on whether one is a Raptors fan, a Drake fan or both. The rest, meanwhile, will simply continue to roll their eyes over his behavior.