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Toronto Raptors to Wale

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

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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Moment of Clarity    

More proof that the Grammys are a scam. Don't believe (or buy) the hype sheeple!

578 days ago


Agree with you KitnPlayn in that it sounds like a diss. Conversely, if Matt the announcer had said, "Wale, I don't know the difference between him and Drake", or "I don't know him from Drake" that may have given credence to what his rep stated, i.e. "It’s a shtick that Matt and our analyst do consistently to poke fun at the fact neither is pop culture savvy." But to say he is no Drake implies he knows the difference and that he believes Wale's rapping talents are inferior to Drake's. A straight out diss, in Wale's hometown, and with Wale seated in the audience, he insulted him. For his rep to think otherwise, he is being obtuse at a minimum.

578 days ago


Announcer knows who Drake is because Raptors are Canadian and Drake is a well known Canadian (he grew up on TV on a popular tv show here) so it's logical that Drake would be the only rapper he knows.

578 days ago


I guess everyone should be scared of people with 2 million Twitter followers now....that and cartoonish wannabe rappers that 99% of the world have no idea who they are. It's pathetic when the only people learn your name is when you end up in the news for being an idiot.

578 days ago
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