Drake Received Cease and Desist from University of Kentucky for Recruiting Violation
The University of Kentucky has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Drake for taking photos with some recruits and violating the NCAA's recruitment terms.
According to a letter sent by Kentucky's compliance office, self-reporting the violation, there was impermissible communication between Drake and three potential student-athletes (PSAs) at the university's Big Blue Madness event in October of last year.
Drake arrived at the event early and was advised that "NCAA rules prohibited the institution from arranging contact between him and the PSAs as this would be an NCAA violation," according to Sporting News, which obtained the letter. The PSAs who were visiting the school were also informed that they were not allowed to have contact with the hip-hop star.
But after the event ended, Drake "headed back toward the locker room to say goodbye to the head coach (who wasn't there)" and one of the PSAs approached Drake for a photo, to which he obliged.
Here's Drake in that photo with four-star shooting guard commit Charles Matthews:
Big Blue Madness was Crazy!!!' Loved It! pic.twitter.com/F65u44Pxo3— Team Matthews (@nichole0335) October 18, 2014
The photo request is a low level violation that does not necessitate any suspension. In Kentucky's self-reporting the incident, the university stated it had issued a cease-and-desist letter to Drake "directing him to refrain from conversations with prospects or taking photos with prospects when that conversation or photo occurs outside the parameters established by the NCAA."
And since Matthews had verbally committed to the play for the school about eight months prior, Kentucky also argued this was not considered a recruiting advantage.
Kentucky coach John Calipari weighed in on Wednesday clarifying that Drake is still a part of the Kentucky squad and he hopes to see him soon.
There are no issues with @Drake and UK, and Drake is and always will be a part of our Big Blue family. I hope to see him on campus soon.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 22, 2015