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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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Chet Sanders    

I'm pretty sure Walley was a movie about a robot or something.

525 days ago
32.

Shaunie    

I don't know who this fool is either. He sure is sensitive though

525 days ago
33.

Mason     

Hey Wale....S#*K on this!

525 days ago
34.

SDnRnRoll    

When keeping it real goes wrong. Pretty gangsta yelling at a fat broadcaster.

525 days ago
35.

SchoolTheRookies    

Wale sucks. No punch lines, corny lyrics, below average voice. I went to a concert to see Meek Mill and had to endure seeing Wale's set. He sucks but he has a loyal fan base that keeps him relevant. He definitely is no Drake. Wale is MMG's flunky rapper. He should be signed to Flo Ryder's people.

525 days ago
36.

dave    

WHO??

525 days ago
37.

Valentizzle    

Mike jones!!!!!

525 days ago
38.

Jenny    

Okay so this rapper threatens your announcer and you take his side?

Canadians are idiots. This proves it.

525 days ago
39.

trickyrick    

First of all, who the hell is Wale? Never heard of him. Just because he has one song that is famous doesn't impress me. You know how many one hit wonders there are out there? Secondly, this just goes to prove how ridiculous the music culture is. I bet if you dropped some names of real artists who have been successful, "Wale" wouldn't know who they are. Dumb ass!

525 days ago
40.

Spilled Milk    

Wale is the biggest crybaby outside of rapper the game..he is mediocre at best and should thank the analyst even knew his name..follow him on twitter and see how much he whines like a lil b!tch..

525 days ago
41.

Bell    

This was bullying behaviour. He should be banned as an example to kids, that we are serious about stopping bullying, no matter who is doing it, even adults, who should know better. He needs to publically apologize. And I'm with the others, I don't have a clue who you are, but now that I know I will definately not be buying anything by you in the future.

525 days ago
42.

SDnRnRoll    

I thought Canada was on strike. Screw u guys i'm going home.

525 days ago
43.

J-Ro    

And you are??? And this is regarding??? Never heard of Wale. He's surprised that a Canadian basketball team's announcer isn't a fan? Really.

525 days ago
44.

roll3567    

Woah...having a beef with a sports announcer sounds dangeous. be careful wale.

525 days ago
45.

thisisme3    

I never heard of him either

525 days ago
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