When you’re on top of the world in your profession, it’s likely that you’re going to be receiving some recognition from people at the top of the world in theirs. That’s proving to be true for Lamar Jackson this year, as his ascent to the top of the ladder in pro football has led to props from legends such as Al Pacino, for example.
The acclaimed actor isn’t the only one singing Jackson’s praises, though, as top names in the music scene have openly shown their appreciation for the MVP shoe-in such as Gucci Mane and Quavo - to name a few. But there’s a new name that’s gotten into the mix that has Ravens fans highly concerned (for good reason).
That would be the rapper Drake who’s both highly prolific and popular, and also incredibly controversial when it comes to his sports fandom. He’s known for being a bit of a front-runner and for that consistently blowing up in his face in the form of the teams that he shows love for ultimately crashing and burning instead of winning it all, like they’re usually favored to do.
He’s been nailed on this before, especially when it comes to college basketball. At the peak of the Kentucky Wildcats powers back in 2015-16, Drake was an avid supporter, but he was also seen rubbing shoulders with players from the Duke Blue Devils at one point sparking questions surrounding his allegiance.
The true controversy surrounds these teams collapsing after he shows them support though, a subject upon which the L.A. Times Christian Orozco did a deep dive investigation into earlier this spring. And naturally, when the subject of all this hullabaloo revealed that he and Jackson have something of a relationship, Ravens fans naturally became very concerned:
It started first with Drake sharing the above to his Instagram story. Then Lamar doubled down on it his Tuesday media availability, revealing to the local reporters that the two have been talking for a while:
"I've been talking to @Drake for awhile." @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/rYcnecdC2q— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 7, 2020
The reaction from Ravens fans was . . . less than stellar:
WE LOSING— ً (@5lacco) January 7, 2020
January 7, 2020
Well we are gonna lose now. Awesome thanks drake.— Kracker Dan (@CuppDan) January 7, 2020
Ultimately, this story isn’t going anywhere. Ravens fans are going to have to learn to live with the fact that Drizzy is along with them on this playoff ride, no matter what happens. In fact, it maybe is cause for optimism as some have pointed out:
The Raptors won an NBA championship this year so miss me with the “Drake curse”— Cassie Calvert (@cassie_calvert) January 7, 2020
He is my fave and I will accept no slander. https://t.co/kHgej0eMII
Regardless, we’ll just have to wait and see what the effect actually is. Anything other than a Super Bowl victory and you can be sure this isn’t the last time we see this circulating on social media.
Hey, maybe the Ravens can use this as fuel to become “January’s very own.”
. . .
I’ll see myself out.