When Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals against Golden State Warriors last night, they weren’t just celebrating a sporting success.
The Canadian basketball team had managed something perhaps more significant – killing the Drake curse.
The rapper has for years been taunted by sports fans for bringing “bad luck” to their teams.
Now the star has finally overseen a win, watching his favourite team become the first Canadians to win the NBA.
He’s even bringing out two new songs – Omertá and Money In The Grave – to celebrate.
And people on social media are loving it.
Football squads have previously been banned from posting selfies with Drake and he’s been blamed for big losses by Anthony Joshua, Serena Williams and Conor McGregor.
But it seems as though Drake’s bad omen has finally been lifted.
British boxer Anthony Joshua was its last notable “victim”, earlier this month, when he lost his heavyweight title fight.
But when Joshua met Drake in March, he was so confident of breaking the “curse” that he tweeted this photo.
The British boxer (who was 1-25 favourite to win) was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr during their world heavyweight title fight in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
“He’s a champion for now, I shall return,” he said after the fight.
But he’ll probably want to make that return after hanging out with some different celebrity friends.
Sports fans on Twitter were quick to lay the blame on Drake – rather than the skills of Anthony’s opponent.
Earlier this year, the Drake “curse” also struck for Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, when the footballer posed for a photo with the Canadian star and then had his team lose their very next game.
PSG’s spectacular 5-1 loss to Lille reignited suspicions that Drake, while obviously multi-talented, is a curse on every sports star he meets.
And AS Roma wanted nothing to do with it.
Obviously Roma were joking, but a number of clubs across England and Europe might be wishing they’d banned their players from posing for pictures with Drake.
Earlier this year, the rapper toured the UK and across Europe on his Assassination Vacation tour.
And a fair number of footballers were among the thousands who flocked to see him perform.
Here’s Kurzawa’s Drake photo:
Paul Pogba saw Drake perform at the Manchester Arena and got a picture taken with him – not long before Manchester United lost 2-1 to Wolves in the FA Cup.
It was a similar story for Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was at one of Drake’s seven shows at the O2 in London.
After losing 1-0 to Everton the following weekend, plenty of Gooners will probably be wishing he’d never posed for a picture.
Sergio Aguero is another Premier League player people think Drake cursed.
He missed a penalty in the Champions League as Man City lost 1-0 to Tottenham in April, not long after he’d been photographed with Drake at a show.
And could the rapper also be to blame for Borussia Dortmund losing 5-0 to Bayern Munich, after hanging out with their English rising star Jadon Sancho? At this point, why not?
How it all began
The Drake Curse has become a bit of a social media phenomenon in recent years.
In a way, it kicked off with the team that seems to have finally broken the spell this week – the Toronto Raptors. He became a global ambassador for the basketball club in 2013, and can normally be seen cheering them on from the sidelines whenever they’ve got a big game.
Unfortunately though, until their win last night, the last six years have seen the Raptors develop a bit of a reputation for choking in those big games.
Luckily that’s no longer the case.
In 2015 Serena Williams was trying to become the first woman to win all four tennis Grand Slams in a calendar year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.
But 2015 was also the year that Drake was spotted watching a lot of her games.
Roberta Vinci was a 300-1 underdog when she faced Serena in the US Open – but we’re pretty sure by now you can guess what the outcome of the match was.
And if you still need more evidence, last year Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Any guesses who he’d been hanging out with beforehand?
With so many infamous examples, it’s unsurprising that Drake has got in on the joke.
Ahead of the game that decided who’d be playing in the most recent Super Bowl, Drake wore a jumper featuring the logos of all four teams that were in with a chance.
Two teams had to make it to the final, so surely that was the end of the curse?
What followed was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history – a curse in the eyes of everyone who watched it.
But maybe now the Toronto Raptors have taken the trophy home Drake will no longer be banned from hanging out with sports stars.
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