UK Men's Basketball

Kentucky self-reports another minor violation involving Drake

Drake was on hand greeting fans during Big Blue Madness  on Friday October 17, 2014  in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Drake was on hand greeting fans during Big Blue Madness on Friday October 17, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

For a second time, the rapper Drake has been part of a mild NCAA rules violation for Kentucky basketball.

On Oct. 19 of last year, UK reported to the NCAA a “Level III violation” involving Drake, according to an open records request obtained by the Herald-Leader. The violation involved “preferential treatment” after a Drake concert in Chicago on May 29, 2015.

UK declined comment Friday, and referred any questions to the response to the open records request.

The UK athlete’s name is redacted from the open records response. While attending a party after the concert, a member of Drake’s management team recognized the UK player and invited him to meet with the rapper.

Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, met with the UK player for three or four minutes, the report says. The UK player and rapper posed for a picture.

Later, that night, UK guard Tyler Ulis posted a picture of himself with Drake. Ulis is from Chicago.

 

A photo posted by Tyler Ulis (@tulis3) on

Following NCAA procedure, UK declared the player ineligible. Eligibility was restored on Oct. 14, 2015.

The NCAA considers Level III as the next-to-least serious violations that can occur. The organization’s rulebook defines it as “isolated or limited in nature.” Any competitive or recruiting advantage is “minimal.”

It wasn’t the first time that Drake was involved in a Level III violation. After attending Big Blue Madness in 2014, he posed for pictures with, among others, UK recruit Charles Matthews.

The Sporting News reported that UK’s compliance office sent Drake a cease-and-desist letter.

Later in the day that Sporting News reported the violation and UK’s letter to Drake, Coach John Calipari tried to limit damage with a tweet.

“Just so everyone knows, my dear friend @Drake took pics with fans as well as a couple guys as he was leaving the arena after Madness. There are no issues with @Drake and UK, and Drake is and always will be part of our Big Blue family.”

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton

Jennifer Smith contributed to this article.

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