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NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:54 pm
 
NBA will investigate Jay-Z making an appearance in University of Kentucky locker room after team clinches Final Four appearance. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Jay-Z is a popular guy, I'm sure you've figured out. Being arguably the biggest rap star alive will do that for you. But he's also very popular in the basketball community. He's a close, personal friend of LeBron James.  And it would seem he's in with James' friend John Calipari as well, as he visited the Kentucky Wildcats locker room last weekend. Which, naturally, is not so much in the realm of being okay with league rules concerning interactions with NCAA players. From CBSSports.com's Ken Berger: 

The NBA plans to investigate contact between Nets part-owner Jay-Z and members of the Kentucky basketball team after the Wildcats beat North Carolina Sunday to advance to the Final Four, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com. The hip-hop mogul's visit was documented in photos and video showing him congratulating players in the Kentucky locker room, which happened to have been occupied by two potential lottery picks -- Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones. As noted here, this offense would seem to be comparable to Celtics GM Danny Ainge sitting with Kevin Durant's mother during the 2007 Big 12 tournament. Ainge was fined $30,000, a slap on the wrist in exchange for the opportunity to schmooze a top prospect's mom. But given that standard, Jay-Z should be docked $30K for each college player who was in the locker room.
via Post-Ups: NBPA looks to learn from NFLPA's decertification tactics - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

The assumption by many is that the link between Jay-Z and the Wildcats is Jay-Z's friend William Wesley, who has his hands in just about everything NBA, and actually represents Calipari for CAA.  That's a pretty obvious link. 

The question has to be if that's how Jay-Z was granted access, if Calipari was the reason and Wesley the facilitator, what the NBA will do about it. The answer? Nothing. It's easy to look at this as a harmless incident, and for the most part it is, which is why the Nets minority owner will receive a minor fine and things will go on. But it's part of a continuing pattern where elements are being moved in conjunction with one another as part of the same base. It also reinforces how bizarre it was that LeBron James elected to head to Miami instead of New Jersey. 
Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:06 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

Jay-Z went there because he's Jay-Z not because he's part owner of a team. Celebs do this stuff all the time. Snoop used to hang at SC team meetings.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:27 am
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

This is a waste of time.  The Nets first round draft pick is going to Utah anyway.  Just another case of Stern overreacting.



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:56 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

You numbnuts....TONS of alumni visit their old schools during big games.  TOOOOONS


Jay-Z was never a Wildcat, why is he in the locker room?  Yea...we know the real answer.  He should be fined.  Hes a noob trying to get into the game, and hes going about it all wrong lol.  But I guess he has the money to burn for fines. 



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:13 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

Is the NBA investigating Michael Jordan's constant contact with UNC players? He's a majority owner of an NBA team.


Trust me if he visited the Kentucky Locker room they would be...its different because he went to UNC.

I understand the REASONING behind the rule and think that Jay Z should have just stayed away from going there.




Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:09 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

Is the NBA investigating Michael Jordan's constant contact with UNC players? He's a majority owner of an NBA team.




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:40 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

If Jay-Z were to say something it could possibly effect those players decision on entering the draft. The rule makes sense to me. 



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:38 pm
 

NBA will investigate Jay-Z's Kentucky appearance

Ludicris!  Do we have Jerry Lewis making rules?  This is the dumbest thing to investigate ever.  Some rules are just down right ignorant!  An owner has no say so over the lottery what -so-ever.  What are the players going to do by talking to Jay Z? 


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