Drake is arguably the defining rapper of his generation due to what seems like an undefeated run this decade. While the Toronto based MC may be in first place of the rap game, his midas touch and winning ways hasn’t had the same success in relation to his infamous status as professional sports’ most hated frontrunner. The Drake Curse is a phenomenon that shows a consistent track record of the figures and teams Drizzy rooting for falling on the wrong side of history. Let’s a take a trip down memory lane and revisit why you shouldn’t want Drake being a fan of your team or favorite athlete.
No Love Lost: Drake and Serena Williams
Before she was known as the greatest ever mother slash athlete, tennis player Serena Williams and Drake flirted with a very public on and off again relationship. Their 0-0 match score, or “love” was rumored to be the driving factor between the back and forth rap beef between Drake and Common. The gossip between the rapper and the dominating athlete was at it’s peak in the summer of 2015, where tabloids caught the potential power couple cuddled throughout various dates. Then, the Toronto native attended Serena’s match against Roberta Vinci during the semifinal round of the 2015 U.S. Open. Williams, a heavy favorite, ended up losing the match.
Draft Day: Drake and Johnny Manziel
There was a point in time when college sensation Johnny Manziel seemed destined for greatness. The star Texas A&M quarterback was arguably the hottest name in sports in 2014 due to his showboating clutch genes. Johnny Football’s star status and reputation for partying often lead him to mingle with the biggest names in pop culture, including Drake. While both parties often showed love to each other in social media, the peak of their relationship was when Drake name-dropped Manziel in his “Draft Day” track. Unfortunately, Johnny Football’s hard party habits were enough to stop him from achieving success in the NFL.
Cease and Desist: Drake and the Kentucky Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats may have a track record of producing a bunch of big name star players in the past decade, most notably Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns, John Wall, and Demarcus Cousins (just to name a few.) Drake is an avid fan of the NCAA powerhouse and often attended the team’s games, and he has even made appearances at their pep rallies and delivered pre-game motivational speeches. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, despite their success at recruiting NBA-level players, they have not a won an NCCA Championship since 2012. While some sports teams and athletes have considered the Drake curse a mere coincidence, Kentucky actually issued a cease-and-desist letter to the rapper in 2015. They claim the legality was to prevent possible recruiting violations, but maybe they’re just trying to shake the jinx off.
Back to Back to Back Ls: Drake and the Toronto Raptors
Drake is the face of Toronto, Canada and has successfully introduced the city’s
eclectic melting pot culture to the mainstream world. The NBA’s Toronto Raptors have recognized their hometown hero’s influence on culture and have partnered with him as their Global Ambassador. Drake is a Toronto Raptors superfan and is often seen supporting his squad from the front-row of games. The Raptors have a reputation of overachieving in the regular season, but often falling short in the playoffs often at the hands of LeBron James. With King James now out west and Kawhi Leonard at the helm of their franchise, maybe this is the year that the team finally breaks through.
The Notorious: Drake and Conor McGregor
Drake and outspoken UFC superstar Conor McGregor have also formed a formidable friendship. Prior to the Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov bout at UFC 229 in October 2018, Drizzy voiced his support for The Notorious by attending the fight’s weigh-in dripping in an Irish flag. Not only did Conor McGregor suffer a defeat at the hands of his Russian rival, but he even took an L during the post fight melee that happened.
RoLL Tide: Drake and the Alabama Crimson Tide
Days before the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers, Drake voiced his prediction on Instagram. While in the midst of a workout, Drizzy was seen draped in an Alabama sweatshirt…roll tide. Again, history repeated itself when ‘Bama was on the wrong end of a 44-16 beating to the Tigers.