Toronto tailor Garrison Bespoke designed and gifted the jacket to the Toronto-born rapper with 235 diamonds hand-embroidered into the shape of the OVO (October’s Very Own) owl.
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Raptors president Masai Ujiri presented the jacket to Drake on Tuesday before Game Four between the Raptors and the Bucks but Garrison Bespoke owner and founder Michael Nguyen made it clear that Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) did not pay for the jacket.
The jacket was actually “gifted to the team and to Drake by Garrison and was not paid for by MLSE,” according to Nguyen.
“It’s about $747,000, at today’s exchange rate,” Nguyen said of the price of the gift. The owl eyes are each 1.2 carats.
“The Raptors asked for a surprise to be made. We are huge fans and wanted to celebrate by creating a memorable gift with our collaboration partners Diamond Foundry and Dormeiul,” Garrison Bespoke marketing chief David Tran said to Huffpost. “Ever since the original Drake commission, it’s been an annual tradition and is always presented at the game.”
After the news of the gifted jacket and the price spread online, many people took to Twitter to complain about the MLSE spending money on Drake.
Seriously @MLSEFoundation ?? Drake needs a new jacket? How about giving 7000 young Raptor supporters tickets to the game?. Better ways to spend $7K .
— Francine Cross (@FrancineCross8) May 22, 2019
MLSE gifts Drake a diamond-encrusted OVO jacket worth an estimated $769,000….yup cause he really needs one?! 🙄 #JustSaying
— 🏒🌸ᗩⓜά𝐍ᗪᗩ🌸🍁 (@PuckinSassPot) May 23, 2019
This is a bit excessive. I'm curious what Drake actually brings to the Raptors that helps them on court? MLSE really dropped the ball here this money could have been better spent or maybe just spend 10x less 🤷🏾♂️ #WeTheNorth #RTZ https://t.co/ba64NUzZpO
— richards (@mwerichards) May 22, 2019
MLSE gifting drake an $800k jacket is easily the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen
— Nate Newmaster (@NateNewmaster_) May 23, 2019
So, the MLSE gave @drake a 💎 encrusted jacket for $769,000. How many kids could have had breakfast or lunch, it could have been used to help the Ont education system that @fordnation is bent on destroying. Ridiculous, irresponsible & just down right dumb. #thinkpeople @Raptors
— J Clarke (@thatredhead67) May 22, 2019
Why would MLSE give Drake a +$500,000 jacket??…How about donating that money to MLSE charities or lowering ticket and concession stand prices?? What a total waste of $$$
— DD (@234Baystreet) May 23, 2019
MLSE gifting DRAKE a bespoke jacket worth almost $800K seems a little tone deaf to me. Would love to hear the rationale behind this decision given the high price of tickets.
— Karim Kanji (@karimkanji) May 22, 2019
The jacket has a custom lining which is the black and gold OVO Raptors jersey that Drake helped to design.
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We are so thrilled to have partnered with @garrisonbespoke to create this one-of-a-kind custom piece for @champagnepapi presented by Toronto @raptors President, Masai Ujiri. The jacket is made from 100 year old deadstock jersey cloth from the House of Dormeuil’s private collection and adorned with 235 diamonds created by #diamondfoundry 💎 #torontoraptors #drake #wethenorth #custom #ovo #nba
Drake has been drawing a lot of attention to himself during the NBA playoffs.
Earlier this month, he wore a Breaker High sweatshirt which many fans of the show pointed out.
While not one of his more demonstrable antics, cameras caught Drake using a lint roller on his pants during Game 2 of Toronto’s first-round series with Brooklyn in the 2013-14 playoffs. The clip went viral, and the team gave away Drake-branded lint rollers before Game 5. One of the lint rollers was famously sold on eBay for over $55,000 in 2014.
Clearing my laptop and found this beautiful GIF of Drake using a lint roller at a basketball game. pic.twitter.com/x8MbjmwWT6
— Siraj Datoo (@dats) August 8, 2016
Most recently, many people were distracted by Drake’s courtside antics during the Raptors game on Tuesday night.
Throughout the game, Drake frequently left his courtside seat to roam up and down the Toronto sideline, heckling the players on the Bucks, touching the Raptors players and even gave coach Nick Nurse a playful shoulder massage.
He was at his animated best, on his feet for most of the night, waving his arms in the air to get the crowd going. And he windmilled an arm after Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a free throw.
A senior executive from Octagon Basketball Europe, Georgios Dimitropoulos, which represents Antetokounmpo tweeted (and deleted) a “hypothetical” scenario that matched the same interaction between his client and Drake.
Drake kept taunting Antetokounmpo during Tuesday night’s game and once Antetokounmpo missed his shot at the free-throw line, the rapper made sure the NBA player knew he was laughing.
Drake stays clowning Giannis at the free throw line 💀 pic.twitter.com/W4iiGg7nMi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 22, 2019
In response to the taunting from the Toronto superstar, Dimitropoulos referenced “VIP seats, right next to the band.”
“Imagine a gig & an athlete on VIP seats, right next to the band, stands up on the stage just to show off during the entire game, knowing cameras are on him, occasionally even massaging the singer. Security&him both allow it. Never seen anything as disrespectful as this before…”
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The Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has now spoken out, saying there’s “certainly no place” for the Toronto rapper’s antics.
“I don’t know of any person attending the game that isn’t a player or coach that has access to the court,” Budenholzer said to reporters. “I don’t know how much he’s on the court. It sounds like you guys are saying a lot […] There’s certainly no place for fans — or whatever exactly is what Drake is for the Raptors — on the court. There’s boundaries and lines for a reason. The league is pretty good about that.”
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Drake took to social media to seemingly respond to the criticism that he’s received for his courtside antics.
He posted a photo of him courtside during Game Four and used some emojis to caption the photo, including a salt shaker.
He also posted a screenshot of a comment and posted it to his Instagram Story.
“Sports media needs to accept the simple rule the Miami Hurricanes signed into law back on the 80s: If you don’t want the opposing team to celebrate and dance, prevent them from scoring, winning, or achieving their objective. Get over it and keep it moving,” the comment read.
The Raptors head back to Milwaukee for Game 5 on Thursday on the heels of two straight wins at home.
The series returns to Toronto for Game 6 on Saturday.
— With files from the Associated Press
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