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Toronto Raptors to Wale

Please Don't Hate Us

2/20/2013 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0220-wale-matt-devlin-tmz-twitter-raptorsThe Toronto Raptors are trying to make things right with rapper Wale ... after Wale and the team announcer got into serious beef at last night's game ... TMZ has learned.

Wale -- the Grammy-nominated artist behind the 2009 mega-hit "Chillin"-- confronted Raptors  announcer Matt Devlin at the game in D.C. last night ... after Devlin made a comment on the air about how Wale is, "Not Drake, that's for sure."

Wale took the comment as an insult -- and tweeted to Devlin, "Watch your mouth." The rapper then approached the broadcasting booth and yelled a few words at Devlin. It's unclear what he said.

But now, a rep for the Raptors tells TMZ ... Matt was NOT trying to diss the rapper, but his comments were "meant to be making fun of himself for not knowing who Wale is, especially a Grammy-nominated artist with more than 2 million Twitter followers."

The rep says, "It’s a shtick that Matt and our analyst do consistently to poke fun at the fact neither is pop culture savvy."

The Raptors say Matt " feels badly that Wale may have felt he was making fun of him."

The team adds, "We have reached out to Wale’s management group to see if we can turn this into a positive. We’d like to have him join Matt on the broadcast when we return to Washington at the end of March." 

We reached out to Wale -- so far no word back.

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72 COMMENTS

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16.

Gatanegra    

Why are they kissing this thugs ass?

519 days ago
17.

spectator72    

Learn something new everyday .Who is wale is he the team mascot ?

519 days ago
18.

Lori    

I've never heard of him either. Yawn.

519 days ago
19.

Mel    

What a CRY BABY!!!

519 days ago
20.

Mike Turner    

Gangsta image, but a borderline bitch.

519 days ago
21.

Mrugowsky    

Where are the cries of (non-existent)racism??? I have no idea who Wale is, either. Sounds like he has a big head.

519 days ago
22.

Bossy Potato    

Who cares.

519 days ago
23.

ray    

WHY would the Raptors want to "make things right"??? They should have thrown the little punk A$$ b!tch out, and slapped his a$$ around before they did it.

519 days ago
24.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Come again, who is 'Wale'??? He's no Drake that's for sure because even my pop culture unsavvy ass knows who Drake is. He should be thanking that announcer for raising his profile!

519 days ago
25.

Flyod    

Jesus was talked about, why not u?

519 days ago
26.

RaisingStar    

Oh snap. Idk. Dude might be on to something. Drake vs. Wale. I like both of them. I'd go to that concert.

519 days ago
27.

tgrfan42069    

i can honestly say i had never heard of this guy till this.he should be thanking the guy who tweeted that for getting his name out there

519 days ago
28.

Steve    

Yep really chillin'

Also where's the security when a dude climbs through the stands to confront the announcer?

Why not just put a sign on their booth, if you want to assault us go ahead, nobody will stop you.

519 days ago
29.

Wedo    

Who is Wall-e?

519 days ago
30.

tym    

rappers have self esteem issues. each and every one are replaceable by the next guy who knows how to make words rhyme and wear stupid looking clown outfits...

519 days ago
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