Jay-Z under investigation by NFL Players Association

The National Football League Players Association has launched an investigation into whether Jay-Z violated league rules in the signing of former University of West Virginia quarterback, Geno Smith, according to a report by TMZ.

Roc Nation

Roc Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smith, a second round pick acquired by the New York Jets in this year’s NFL draft, inked a deal with Jigga’s Roc Nation Sports earlier this week.  Rapper Jay-Z owns the company, having decided to expand his empire into the world of sports management after signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano earlier this year.

But, before the deal was made official, Hov and Smith posed for a picture that was later

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

posted to Instagram which could be evidence of a violation. NFLPA rules stipulate that only agents certified with the association can be involved with the recruitment of potential clients. Jay-Z is not certified as an agent — as a result, he cannot be involved in negotiations between Smith and Roc Nation Sports. According to the report, Smith’s agent John Thornton may have also fueled the investigation by being quoted as saying he had had meetings with Jay prior to the signing. However, Thornton later said he was misquoted.

Smith marked Hov’s third big grab in his transition into sports management. Roc Nation Sports has also singed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins.

Whether this was simply a misstep or the arrogance of a celebrity getting involved in a new business remains to be seen.



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