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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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Violent Pope    

Who is Wally?

555 days ago
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GatoNegro    

Rappers are *****.

555 days ago
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Cool Papa    

Who?

555 days ago
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Darth Kai    

Don't worry, Wally, no one else knows him either.

555 days ago
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Mikey    

Another black person with mental problems.

555 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Are you effing kidding me? That comment was a direct sneer at Wale. Saying he is no Drake, is implying that he is inferior to Drake. In no way does that comment imply that the announcer is not culturally savvy. In fact, it implies that he is culturally savvy, because he knows about Drake. Americans seem to think they can say anything and it will be accepted as fact. Step 2...kiss the ass of the person you offended. Step 3...watch your back, Matt. Revenge is the primary American attribute.

555 days ago
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Jimmyzee    

So i guess calling him a ****** spook is out of the question...

555 days ago
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total scrotal implosion    

Sorry ass should a been happy the dude even knew his name he got a free plug

555 days ago
9.

elm    

All over the world, can be heard, a collective, "Who?"

555 days ago
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zzyzx    

I don't know who any of those people are.

555 days ago
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Philo Beddoe    

Typical. Dude flips out because he is too stupid to get the joke....and the Raptors are bending over backwards to apologize to this moron...jeez. Thank god this didn't happen out on the streets. That idiot would have had one of his entourage shoot the announcer.

555 days ago
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steak man     

Mr. Announcer don't feel bad, I and 90% of America don't know who he is either. But I do know who Drake, Nelly, Dr. Dre and many others are...maybe when he gets a major hit we will know who he is.

555 days ago
13.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

Who cares? Wale isn't even popular outside of DC, not even in the surrounding suburbs of MD and VA.

555 days ago
14.

Jericho Morton    

What a sensitive little flower. Homothug.

555 days ago
15.

tripod    

Waaaaahhhhhhh..wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........***** cry baby!

555 days ago
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