Celebrity fans bring about some of the coolest stories in sports. From acclaimed film director Spike Lee‘s boisterous, courtside presence for the New York Knicks to Matthew McConaughey‘s love for the Texas Longhorns, even the most famous fans have die-hard allegiances.
Then, you have fans like world-renowned rapper Drake. When he’s not busy making waves on the international music scene, Drake is a huge fan of basketball royalty from across the sports world. Most consider him the ultimate bandwagon fan, though, and he has an ugly history with cursing sports teams he suddenly decides to like. Unfortunately, the Alabama Crimson Tide have become next victims of a little Drizzy-inspired bad luck.
In a video posted to his Instagram, Drake was referencing the cliche New Year’s resolution of “working hard every day.” However, he was noticeably wearing the familiar crimson lettering of the University of Alabama across his chest just few days before they played the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game.
Alabama would lose that national title game to Clemson, 44-16, in one of the ugliest losses of the Nick Saban era in Tuscaloosa.
This wasn’t the first time Drake has referenced his love for the Alabama football program, though. After Alabama defeated Georgia in last year’s CFP national title game, Drake showed off his winnings in a bet with Migos rapper Quavo, who is an Athens, Georgia native. Then again, this gloating came after the game, not before it.
Head coach Nick Saban and star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa weren’t able to save the Crimson Tide and win the 2019 CFP Championship, proving once again, that the “Drake Sports Curse” is alive and well.
The Toronto, Ontario-born superstar and three-time Grammy Award winner has a history of following a teams and players throughout the years, only to see them flop immediately afterwards, and sports fans claiming it was entirely Drake’s fault.
Toronto Raptors (1995-Present)
The Canadian-born basketball fan is a regular on the sidelines at Toronto’s NBA games. The problem is, the Raptors have yet to survive the Eastern Conference playoffs and appear in the NBA Finals in their franchise’s history. Could the “6 God’s” first appearance with his So Far Gone mixtape back in 2009 only extend the drought?
Kentucky Wildcats (2013-Present)
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Great season for the squad. Incredible group of guys that worked extremely hard under the leadership of @ukcoachcalipari. Congrats to the Badgers on a hard fought game and congrats to @losangelesconfidential for taking some money off my hands. Not many ppl can 😂 We'll be back next year!!! #BBN #CoachCal #BloodMoney #GameWithTheQuickComeUp #CalabasasRivalries
Despite being one of the country’s elite programs year after year, the last time the Wildcats and head coach John Calipari won a national championship was in 2012, and they’ve made four Final Four appearances since 2011. Drake called out his allegiance to the UK program in a 2015 song by saying, “I rock Kentucky blue.” Drake even showed up at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness in 2017, and the drought is officially on.
Miami Heat (2013)
After the LeBron James and the Miami Heat won the 2013 NBA Finals over the San Antonio Spurs, Drake was seen trying to infiltrate the Heat locker room to celebrate with the team. After supporting them publicly, Drake’s appearance triggered the end of a dynasty. The next season, Miami would lose to the Spurs, and then LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coincidence?
Johnny Manziel (2014)
Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Drake released a track titled Draft Day, and the first line in that song was “Draft Day, Johnny Manziel.” After becoming a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns a few months later, Johnny Football’s professional career collapsed. Many attribute his issues with substance abuse to it, but Drake putting the young kid from Texas A&M on a pedestal certainly didn’t help Manziel’s case.
Serena Williams (2015)
While dating rumors swirled between Drake and tennis player Serena Williams, the rapper turned up at the 2015 U.S. Open semifinals where the top-seeded Grand Slam champion lost to Roberta Vinci in a stunning upset despite being the heavy favorite. Social media started the #BlameDrake campaign saying that he caused a distraction and ultimately her loss.
Conor McGregor (2018)
Prior to UFC fighter Conor McGregor‘s fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, the Irish superstar brought out Drake during the fight’s weigh-in. Once again, many blamed Drake for being there and bestowing the “Drake Curse” on McGregor, who would lose that fight via submission in the fourth round.
In summary: if Drake likes your team, you should be very, very nervous. Even with all of Alabama football’s talent, the 2019 College Football Playoff national championship was over before it started thanks to, arguably, the most unlucky, celebrity fan on the planet.