According to an NBA spokesman, despite the rumors, the Toronto Raptors weren’t told they could avoid a $25K tampering fine if they stripped the rapper Drake of his global ambassador title. Per the National Post:

The league recently fined the team after Drake, a popular Toronto rapper, let Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant know he was wanted in Canada during a concert that the Thunder star, who becomes a free agent in 2016, attended earlier this month.

 

“As the Raptors’ global ambassador, Drake must follow our anti-tampering rules,” Tim Frank, the league’s senior vice-president of basketball communications, said in an email to The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

 

“At no point did we suggest his title be removed but we were clear that as long as he acted as a representative of the team, he is subject to the league’s rules.”