Drake with Alphonso Davies and betting on Canada against Argentina (L), and Argentina's response (R). Drake with Alphonso Davies and betting on Canada against Argentina (L), and Argentina’s response (R). (Fox Soccer and Selección Argentina EN on X/Twitter.)

The last decade-plus has seen a ton of sports involvement from Canadian rapper Drake, from his role as the Toronto Raptors’ “global ambassador” to his involvement with other MLSE-owned teams like Toronto FC to his appearances with the Kentucky Wildcats and more. So it’s not surprising that amidst his feud with Kendrick Lamar, sports figures are taking sides, especially around Kendrick’s latest “Not Like Us” single. And the latest there came from the official English-language X/Twitter account of the Argentina men’s national soccer team after their 2-0 win over Canada (who Drake bet $300,000 on in this match) in the Copa América semifinals Tuesday:

That tweet, which had more than 32,000 retweets and more than 160,000 likes as of Wednesday morning, sparked a lot of comment. That included discussion of the bet, with many mentioning the “Drake Curse,” where many teams the rapper has bet on have gone on to prominently lose:

The reference here wasn’t universally praised, though, with others questioning Argentina’s use of this particular song. Here’s some of that discussion:

It’s certainly interesting to see an official team account go at a celebrity fan this way. But it’s far from the first trolling from a team account. And, as mentioned, Drake has long been a significant factor in sports.

And this isn’t the first time “Not Like Us” has come up there. In particular, former Raptors’ star DeMar DeRozan appeared on stage at Kendrick’s “The Pop Out” concert while he played “Not Like Us” four times, and also appeared in the music video. DeRozan, now with the Sacramento Kings, said Tuesday he still loves Drake, but he sees Kendrick as close to family:

In soccer alone, a call from Drake was reportedly an important part of convincing Jermaine Defoe to come to Toronto FC. He’s also shown up to help woo other free agents over the years, including Sean Johnson. And his October’s Very Own (OVO) brand launched a clothing line in partnership with TFC last year. And he certainly got himself involved in this match with that $300,000 bet. So it’s maybe not all that surprising that Argentina’s account had some thoughts on him afterwards.

[Fox Soccer and @AFASeleccionEN on X/Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.