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Wednesday
Feb202013

Sports Announcer Says Wale Is "Not Drake, That's for Sure"

Photo courtesy of Wale via InstagramSports commentators didn't seem to know who Wale was when they spotted the Washington D.C. native courtside at the NBA's Washington Wizards versus Toronto Raptors game on Tuesday night.  But, Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin knew this for certain: "He's not Drake, that's for sure."

In video from the broadcast, Devlin had earlier noted that words were being exchanged between Wizards fan Wale and Raptors player Rudy Gay.  "Supposedly this is a locally known rapper Wall-ay," Devlin said in comments that some on Twitter believed were intended to poke fun at the Maybach Music Group rhymer.

Wale certainly didn't find the commentary funny, messaging Devlin "Watch ur mouth."  The tweet has since been deleted.  What remains, however, is video from the third quarter, showing Wale at the announcers' booth, attempting to confront the commentators, who seemed to ignore him during their broadcast.  According to The Washington Post, Wale yelled, "I heard what you said. That's not cool."

After the game, though, Devlin told the Post that Wale was only raising his voice because the arena was so loud.  The play-by-play announcer also explained to the newspaper that he wasn't trying to make fun of Wale.  "You know what, we were making fun of ourselves.  Making fun, because we're not hip," he said.  "Obviously people on Twitter and social media, it kind of took on a life of its own.  So he came up, we started talking and there was nothing to it."

As for Wale and Rudy Gay, they're apparently friends.  Wale retweeted a message from Rudy, in which the player writes, "Me and @Wale was just joking y'all. Thats my boy right there."

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