Drake, a multi-Grammy winning rapper, is famous for his chart-topping hits. However, his social media posts often show him placing high bets and unfortunately, the team or person he supports usually ends up losing. This phenomenon has been called “Drake’s Curse”.
Despite rumors of a possible curse, Drake doesn’t seem to be holding back from betting on the big game. He recently shared a photo on social media of his $1.15 million betting stake on the Kansas City Chiefs to win against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, with the caption, “Can’t bet against the swifties.” It seems that Drake is confident in the team’s ability to win and is willing to put up a significant amount of money to prove it.
Whether the “Drake curse” is real or not, this may be the only time the 49ers will be happy that the Toronto rapper is rooting for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII in hopes that the omen that follows him is true.
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What is the ‘Drake Curse’?
The “Drake Curse” is a popular belief on the Internet that any athlete or team that receives endorsements from Canadian rapper Drake will forfeit the sporting event they are participating in.
This curse is believed to affect people even if Drake is only seen in a photo with an athlete or wearing a special jersey.
But often, the supposed victims of the curse are the teams and athletes Drake favors to win their races, with an Instagram photo of a betting slip providing proof. Believers claim his habit of sharing his big bets on social media dooms the side he’s rooting for.
Drake’s betting history
Like anyone who is an avid bettor, they have their good and bad days. The only difference is that the average person may not bet millions of dollars on sporting events like Drake.
Here’s a look at who the internet says has fallen victim to the “Drake Curse.”
UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis
The latest victim of the “Drake Curse” was middleweight champion Sean Strickland, after Drake posted an image on social media showing a $700,000 bet in favor of Strickland. Drake did not start his 2024 betting campaign on the right foot and Strickland lost his middleweight title to Dricus du Plessis.
UFC 293: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland
Israel Adesanya was stunned by Sean Strickland when he was defeated by unanimous decision at UFC 293, which resulted in Adesanya losing his middleweight title. Drake made a $500,000 bet that Adesanya would beat Strickland by KO and posted a photo of his big bet on social media.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury
Drake placed a whopping $1.2 million bet on YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul to knock out his opponent Tommy Fury in a boxing match held in Saudi Arabia in 2023. However, Fury emerged victorious by a split decision. To add insult to injury, Paul even accused Drake of being the reason for his loss.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Drake, who is originally from Toronto, Ontario, has always been a vocal supporter of his hometown NHL team, the Maple Leafs. During the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, he was seen cheering on the Maple Leafs from a box as they faced the Boston Bruins. However, despite his support, Toronto ended up losing 6-4.
2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game
Drake posted a video of himself motivating the Alabama football team before the Crimson Tide’s 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game against Clemson. Alabama lost 44-16.
In the 2019 NBA playoffs, Drake, a Toronto Raptors fan, decided to participate in the “Drake Curse” by wearing a Philadelphia 76ers jersey while watching his hometown team play against the 76ers. The unusual move seemed to work as Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot, helping the Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Conor McGregor at UFC 229
Drake is a huge fan of the Irish UFC star and was one of his main supporters before McGregor’s UFC 229 fight against Khabib Numagomedov in 2018. The rapper even attended the UFC 229 weigh-ins and took a photo with McGregor, holding an Irish flag.
During the fourth round of the fight, Nurmagomedov put McGregor in a neck twist, which eventually forced McGregor to submit.
Every college football fan would know about Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner who was drafted as the 22nd overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft. Drake even released a song titled “Draft Day” in honor of Manziel. However, Manziel only played two seasons in the NFL before being released due to his behavior and struggling to live up to expectations.
The song also mentions Andrew Wiggins, a native Canadian and former first overall pick in the NBA draft, who has had an up-and-down career spanning nine seasons.
In 2015, there were rumors that Drake was romantically linked to Serena Williams. And with Drake in the stands supporting Williams, she lost to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinals.