The past two months have been good to the city of Cleveland, with the Browns drafting super popular quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Cavaliers landing free agent LeBron James.
In turn, a third beloved but somewhat controversial figure in the sporting world will likely be making his way to northeast Ohio inr the coming years.
In a recent interview, the rapper Drake, who has been called the most prominent fan in sports, said he'll be making trips to Cleveland to watch pals Manziel and James play. Drake will be in Cleveland so often, he claimed, that he may even be looking into real estate in northeast Ohio.
"Of course, I’m gonna go watch games in Cleveland," said Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham. "If not for LeBron -- who I said is a brother to me, we've got three kids from Toronto on one team, plus Manziel who is part of our family and our brother. I definitely have to look into some real estate in Cleveland and spend some months of the year out there. Like I said, my teams will always forever be who they are but I will support the group who has shifted to Cleveland."
This proclamation will not do much to help Drake's reputation as a "bandwagon" fan with shifting alliances. But in fairness, he has ties to both teams. Not only is he good friends with James and Manziel, he's also been supportive of fellow Toronto natives Andrew Wiggins (whom he has name dropped in a song), Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson.
Drake defended himself against these bandwagon accusations in the same interview.
“Well, first of all, I'd like to say that despite what everyone on the Internet thinks, I do not team jump," he said. "In the past I've always supported the player and not the institution -- unless we're talking about the Kentucky Wildcats and the Toronto Raptors; I will never stray from them. But whether it comes to soccer or football or basketball, I have a lot of friends that play for a lot of teams. I'm not team jumping. I’m a supportive friend."
While he claims he has been a Kentucky fan for years, Drake drew some criticism from sports fans during March Madness, as he showed his support for the Wildcats during their run to the championship game. The teasing grew so frenzied that even the official UConn basketball account got in on the fun after the Huskies' victory.
Drake will be hosting the ESPYs on Wednesday, and don't be surprised if he pokes fun at his bandwagon reputation. He wouldn't be the first to do so in the days following James' decision to return to Cleveland.
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— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 11, 2014