When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong – Wale vs. Rudy Gay v. Toronto Announcer


In the middle of the Wizards last night’s 96—88 loss to the visiting Toronto Raptors, rapper (and DMV native) Wale got into a jawing match with Raptor’s Rudy Gay (a Baltimore native).  Consistent, yet friendly, the thrash talk lasted the duration of the first half. Things escalated when Gay hit a 3-pointer and gestured toward Wale’s section. While the gesture was more of the same meaningless banter, Raptors announcer Matt Devlin picked up on the exchange and interjected on Gay’s behalf, mispronouncing Wale's name, calling him a “local rapper” and unfavorably comparing him to another rapper, Drake of Toronto. Clearly displeased with Devlin’s comments, Wale made his feelings known once he caught wind of what was said.



Over, right? Not yet. After the friction at the Verizon Center, Wale then took to Twitter to speak his mind on the incident.

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Wale told Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post after the game “I was just introducing myself, that’s all. Nah, I wasn’t angry. I was like, ‘You’re not from here, you don’t know. You don’t know.’”

Yeah, because you know, that exchange on video looked super friendly and not at all abrasive...

Any beef between Gay and Wale was squashed after the game.

“Oh, he and I have known each other for six years,” Gay told Kogod. “I was just telling him to hit me up. He was like, ‘Okay, I’ll call you.’”

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So long story short: Don't call Wale Drake.