The NFL Players Association is said to be launching an investigation into the deal that brought Jets QB draftee Geno Smith to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Under NFL rules, only NFLPA-certified sports agents are allowed to be involved in the recruitment of prospective clients and Jay’s involvement in closing the deal with Smith is now coming under increased scrutiny.
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Although Smith’s adviser John Thornton told CBS Sports, “It really all came down to who he was most comfortable with. I was in those meetings and Jay-Z connected with him on many levels”, he later claimed that he was misquoted. Since Jay is not a certified agent, his presence in those meetings would be a clear violation of league rules. It didn’t help that Smith Instagramed the above picture a few days before his deal with Roc Nation Sports was announced.