Platinum-selling recording artist Drake is a close personal friend of LeBron James. Heck, he's more than that; James himself once called Drake "real family." Combine that with the fact that the singer/rapper once famously called the Miami Heat the best team ever two months after they had watched the Dallas Mavericks celebrate an NBA championship on their home floor, and clearly, his Heatles bona fides have long since been established. (Step your game up, Bieber.)
So after the Heat finished off a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals to lock down their second straight NBA championship, Drake made his way from his courtside seat toward the victorious home team's locker room, where he could join his longtime pal in celebrating the Heat's triumph. Just one problem: He didn't have a locker room pass.
Drake was just stopped by security. He tried getting in the locker room without media pass. "I am media," he said with a laugh.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 21, 2013
No, for real — he really did say that.
C'mon, security guard. You don't really want a problem like that. You gon' hype Drake up and make him catch a bohahahahahahahahahaha.
Seriously, though, shouts out to that security guard. If you don't have the right credential, they shouldn't let you in there, man. People are trying to work and/or shower one another with champagne and/or get drunk and/or all of the above. Let the professionals be professionals, for Pete's sake! (Also, if every single media member present last night didn't greet every other media member present by saying, "I AM media," then every single media member present blew it.)
Still, I can appreciate that it stinks to not be included in something; as someone who spends a lot of time on the Internet, I can relate to that, Drake. (You and me, we're not so different, when you really think about it.) So, in the interest of inclusion, here's what you (and the rest of us non-VIPs) missed in the locker room:
Sure, that seems like fun, but your clothes would have gotten all wet and gross, and nobody wants that. See? Everything happens for a reason, Drake.
Plus, you got to chill with your pals later on at the club anyway. All's well that ends well after starting with a bracing dose of humility.
Lastly, if the Spurs had wound up winning, I'm pretty sure Drake would have been kept away from their celebration, too, but for completely different reasons.
Video via ESPN 760 in West Palm Beach.