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Attorney General Appears to Back B.C. Casino in Drake Race Row

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week you will know that news broke over the weekend of Canadian rap superstar Drake being barred from gambling at a luxury B.C. casino on Friday night. Now, the details and the minutiae of what happened are still coming to light, but whatever happened, it seems as though Drake took exception to it. The rapper launched an attack at Parq Vancouver Casino in an Instagram rant, where he dubbed them “the worst run business I have ever seen.”

It seems that the incident has created quite the firestorm on social media, not least because of Drake’s claim that the establishment racially profiled him, and refused to let him gamble based on his race. Massive claim. Many Drake fans have chimed in defending the rapper and lambasting the casino, while those with a more levelhead have deduced there is probably more to the story than meets the eye.

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Well, things appear to have taken a further development over the past 24-hours, as British Columbia attorney general David Eby has had his say on the incident. Eby, you might remember, is a key figurehead in the Canadian gambling industry, and has been influential in an attempt to clean up casinos across B.C. this year. In fact, Eby has been spearheading the probe into money laundering across B.C. casinos, and launched an investigation into the issues. So, it is clear this is a guy with a vested interest in the industry, and making changes that will help improve the way gambling is done in British Columbia.

Anyway, Eby has had his say on the Drake incident, and seems to have come down on the side of the casino. He doesn’t mention Drake by name in his statement surrounding the issues, but what he does say is that there are no exceptions to the rules that require gamblers to disclose the source of any cash deposit of more than C$10,000. And Eby does have a point here, no matter that it is Drake involved, the rules still have to apply. This is clearly an attempt by the province to quell the issue of money laundering, but it might also have meant Drake was reluctant to spend.

Eby continued his statement by talking about the impact the current restrictions were having, stating, “…the change has resulted in a remarkable and sharp decline in suspicious transactions, adding there’s been a reduction of about 100 times from the peak of suspicious cash transactions.” This shows a positive action that has come from the changes, and probably justifies the casino’s stance as well.

It seems like this is the reason why the casino wouldn’t let Drake gamble, and is the real story of what went down at Parq Vancouver. If this is true then Drake’s alleged claim of racial profiling is troubling, and the hope is that he will retract the statement and apologise. The casino has already offered apologies over the way Drake felt he was treated, but if they were in the right it seems only fair that the rapper should offer them one as well.

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