The Cavs are so petty that they edit Drake songs to mute out all Warriors references

LeBron James wears his Ultimate Warrior t-shirt the day after the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 7. (AP)
LeBron James wears his Ultimate Warrior t-shirt the day after the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 7. (AP)

The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t just the reigning NBA champions; they’re the kings of pettiness in the most petty professional sports league in the United States. And just as they’re fueled on the court by James, their pettiness is surely fueled by the King himself as well. James, among other things, has woren an “Ultimate Warrior” t-shirt after beating Golden State in the NBA finals, and has used his Halloween Party to remind the world that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in those finals.

There are plenty other, more subtle examples of the Cavs’ pettiness that go unnoticed. One of them, however, went from unnoticed to very acutely noticed on Saturday afternoon.

The Indiana Pacers, whom the Cavs would go on to beat 109-108 in Game 1 of their playoff series, posted what appeared to be an innocuous pregame video of their players warming up at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. But in the final second of the nine-second Snapchat video, fans noticed a peculiarity: The music blaring over the arena’s loudspeakers briefly cut out.

Listen carefully:


The song was Drake’s “Free Smoke.” Here are the lyrics of the verse in the video:

Weezy had all the authority

Women I like was ignorin’ me

Now they like, “Aren’t you adorable?”

I know the question rhetorical

I took the team plane from Oracle

Mama never used to cook much

Used to chef KD

Now me and Chef, KD

Bet on shots for twenty G’s

I brought the game to its knees

I make too much these days to ever say, “Poor me”

But here’s what it sounded like before the Cavs-Pacers game:

Weezy had all the authority

Women I like was ignorin’ me

Now they like, “Aren’t you adorable?”

I know the question rhetorical

I took the team plane from _______

So if the Cavs are muting “Oracle,” the name of the Warriors’ arena, surely they are getting rid of references to “KD,” Kevin Durant, and “Chef,” Steph Curry, too, right?

Yep. Further investigation reveals that this is not the first time the Cavs have played the song before a home game, and not the first time they’ve muted not only “oracle,” but all references to the Warriors:

#SoleWatch: @kingjames in a new Nike LeBron 14 PE

A post shared by Sole Collector (@solecollector) on Mar 25, 2017 at 4:28pm PDT


This is wonderful and adorable. Stay petty, Cleveland.

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