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Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 3:37 pm
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New Jersey Nets co-owner Jay-Z has reportedly been fined 50,000 for contact with the University of Kentucky. Posted by Ben Golliver. jay-z-kentucky

Back on March 27, we noted that rapper and New Jersey Nets co-owner Jay-Z was celebrating with the University of Kentucky basketball team in their locker room after the team advanced to the Final Four. Kentucky has two likely lottery picks -- in guard Brandon Knight and forward Terrence Jones -- and we wondered at the time whether Jay-Z had violated NBA rules by intentionally fraternizing with college players.

On March 29, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the league would indeed launch an investigation into the incident. ESPN.com reported on Friday that the Nets have been fined $50,000 for Jay-Z's Kentucky locker room visit.
The New Jersey Nets have been fined $50,000 for Nets minority owner Jay-Z's presence in the Kentucky locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth, according to sources with knowledge of the penalty.
Word circulated around the league Friday that an unnamed team -- which sources confirmed to ESPN.com is the Nets -- was fined for violating league rules that prohibit contact with players that still have remaining intercollegiate basketball eligibility.
The NBA's investigation, first reported by CBSSports.com, was triggered by a video showing Jay-Z visiting with various Kentucky players in their locker room at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., after the Wildcats' quarterfinal victory over North Carolina.
That fine is in line with a previously noted precedent: Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was fined $30,000 by the NBA for "excessive contact with the family" after sitting with Kevin Durant's mother during the 2007 Big 12 tournament.

While the fine is a miniscule amount for a mogul such as Jay-Z, the NBA deserves praise for not allowing this to be swept under the rug. Tampering and illegal contact rules only work if they are strictly and regularly enforced. Any slippery slope -- or even the perception of a slippery slope -- compromises the league's fair play and, by extension, the NBA's integrity. 

Is this fine enough to prevent this from happening again? Probably not. But it does send a message that the league is watching, something we were all left wondering about after the New York Knicks were let off the hook so easily in their scouting scandal during the fall.    
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Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact


Michael Jordan and Jordan Brands are an NCAA authorized sponsor and listed equipment provider for the North Carolina Tarheels....His contact with the team is officially permitted by NCAA rules....do your homework...


You're exactly right, it is permitted by the NCAA.  So is Jay-Z visiting UK.  But the NBA says owners can't have contact with college players, so that is why the Nets got fined.  And is also why Jordan should get in trouble by the NBA (not NCAA, there is a difference you know).



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

  The Wildcats had requested a visit from Beyonce'.  What a disappointment that her idiot husband showed up.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

Yo do your homework, bravesman. This was an NBA issue, and it had nothing to do with the NCAAA. The NCAA couldn't care less about Jay-Z being in the locker room. The fine was levied by the NBA. As an NBA owner, the league does not permit Jordan to associate with amateur basketball players. Why is he allowed, by the NBA, to talk to Carolina's team?


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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:05 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:24 am
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

what is the diff......Jordan met with UNC players the day before.....us Ole Roy Boy cheating........nothing ever came out of NC but steers and que******...which are you...



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

Just because you personally don't like rap music, doesn't mean you have to say the man has no talents...He has like 11 #1 singles, and has sold like 50 million albums worldwide, not bad in the days of the music bootleggers.Just because you don't like or understand it, doesn't mean you have to hate.The majority of rap music sucks, the lyrics mean nothing...and are all cliche, Jay-Z is not one of these artists.

PS..he's not worth a billion either, more like 400 million I believe, still 400 million more than I have...lol, just saying.





Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

Why didn't the NBA fine him when he was courting Lebron to play for the Knicks or Nets 3 years ago?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

50,000 dollars, hahaha... What a joke. The guy is worth closer to a billion dollars than he is at 100,000. That's like charging me 5.00 dollars for trespassing.

If Jay Z want's to avoid the negative press, he should send champagne and money to a recruit by way of a Rocafella associate.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

Rules are Rules except at UK. Everyone knows that.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Report: Nets fined 50K for Jay-Z's UK contact

How many NBA title rings does Jay-Z have ? Jordan gets a pass, he's a UNC Alum that played on the team, not sure where Jay-Z went ?


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