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Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports Adds Jets Draftee Geno Smith For Contract Representation
Published May 23, 2013
PROBLEM BREWING? Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Roc Nation signing Smith "could become a bit of a dicey situation for Jay-Z." While Jay-Z owns the agency, he is "not a licensed agent by the NFLPA, and by all appearances he was heavily involved in recruiting Geno Smith to sign" with Roc Nation's Miale. If Jay-Z is "not certified to represent players, he's not allowed to be involved in the recruitment." Florio: "It's going to be interesting to see what the NFLPA does, if anything, to enforce rules that Jay-Z may have broken" ("PFT," NBC Sports Network, 5/22). XAM Sports PR & Marketing Dir Shawn Smith put out a series of tweets on her Twitter account that read, "All I know is I wouldn't be allowed to sit side-by-side w/recruit, instagram it, then sign him. … Waiting for @NFLPA to step in and address the #runnerrule. Rules need to apply to everyone. Period. Not rocket science. … I own my sports agency, have 2 masters degrees, negotiate contracts, have good standing. I Can Not Recruit. Period."