Toronto photographers accuse Drake of mistreatment

TORONTO - Maybe he’s just stressed from work, work, work, work, work?


But if Drake aka Aubrey Graham has an explanation for what happened down on the waterfront after a photographer snapped his photo, he should feel free to make my hotline bling.

So far, his representatives haven’t responded to a request for comment.

Why did the rapper, Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador and recipient of the key to the city angrily confront photography enthusiast Matt Small?

Small posted his account on Instagram of a confrontation he had with Drake after he stepped off a helicopter with two women near Polson Pier.

“Took a pic of this jerk tonight,” he wrote in the comments under a picture he posted of Drake behind a wire fence with a helicopter behind him. “He and his bodyguard threatened me and were trying to grab my camera and memory card.”

Small also wrote “Drake, I had higher hopes for you. But your (sic) just an arrogant prick @champagnepapi @entcity @tanya_kim1 @adamwylde @cityoftoronto #celebritybullying #tmz #needstobestopped #the6punk #useless #justathug.”

I have reached out to Drake through several contacts I have for him. I’d love to ask him for his side of the story and about who the two women were.

I’m curious what Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Mayor John Tory think of this. Both MLSE and Tory declined to comment Wednesday.

Michael Massie was also out taking photos and came over to help defuse the situation.

“I really am not looking for publicity or 15 minutes in the spotlight by talking about this. As a photographer, I was upset by the situation and how Matt was treated,” he said. “Often, I am down at the pier on my own and had I been where Matt was I would have probably done the same with my camera. I worry how it could have turned out without another person there to show up and change the dynamic of the two on one interaction. It could have happened to any photographer and it wasn’t appropriate.

“I’m not asking for anything from Drake.”

He confirmed Drake told him, “I’m gonna find you Michael.”

“I want nothing from this, but I think a polite apology to Matt for an overreaction to the situation would be appropriate,” Massie said.

That would be the right thing to do, the Toronto thing to do. Polite is normally how we roll in The Six — unless Drake’s forgotten that.

I have called out Drake in the past for not stepping forward with an immediate comment on the killing of 26-year-old Ariela Navarro-Fenoy and Duvel Hibbert during his OVO after party at Muzik nightclub last summer. He finally did break his silence after 10 days but has not heeded calls to talk with police.

I have also read about a past bar dust up with Chris Brown at a New York nightclub with Rhianna in the room.

But in my numerous experiences with Drake personally, I have never seen him react like this to a photograph. I have taken many pictures of him and have witnessed him take photographs with fans without incident.

He has also, in my experience, always been cordial.

So it all comes back to who might have been with him when he landed at this spot near Cherry Beach.

Drake should take these guys to a Raptors game — and maybe for a ride on his helicopter.

Give them a call on their cellphone.

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