In an interview with Complex magazine, Patrick Patterson revealed that the Raptors banned Meek Mill from their locker room because of his beef with Drake.
In 2015, there wasn’t a higher-profile beef than the one between Meek Mill and Drake. When the Philadelphia rapper accused Drake of using ghost-writers on his songs, Drake fired back with two diss tracks that the Internet went crazy over and proceeded to call an end to Meek Mill’s career. The beef has spilled over to the Toronto Raptors, of whom Drake is the global ambassador of.
Complex Magazine interviewed James Johnson and Patrick Patterson about the Raptors’ time in London, a question regarding Drake’s status came up. They agreed that the rapper’s association with the club is what helps build their fan base in the UK, as well as internationally.
When they questioned what they listen to in the locker room, Patterson listed out Drake, Young Thug, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, but when they asked about Meek Mill, he said “Meek Mill has been banned for a long time.”
Even Meek Mill’s own city can’t help but side with Drake when the Philadelphia Eagles played “Back to Back” during practice. The Raptors’ relationship with Drake is obviously a beneficial one as their brand has grown exponentially over the past few years.
At the Celebrity All-Star Game, Drake is going to coach the Canada side opposite of Kevin Hart. So when Drake has shown his support for the Raptors through the song “6 Man” and attending games, the team has repaid him by supporting his music and boycotting anything associated with Meek Mill.