Jay-Z mentions NFLPA investigation on his new record (USA Today Sports Images)
Jay-Z has been revealing the lyrics to his highly-anticipated album "Magna Carta Holy Grail." On Monday, the rapper/sports representation agency owner released the lyrics to a track entitled "La Familia", in which he references the NFLPA's investigation into a possible violation of the "runner rule", a matter that doesn't appear to be keeping him up at night.
Here are the lyrics, via XXL magazine:
"NFL investigations/ Oh don't make me laugh /FBI investigation /We stood up to that"
The investigation Jay-Z refers to is actually coming from the NFL Players Association, which is looking into whether or not Jay-Z violated their "runner rule" by being personally involved in the recruitment of New York Jets second-round quarterback Geno Smith to Roc Nation Sports. Since Jay-Z is not a certified agent, he is not allowed to be actively involved in the recruiting process of any player to his agency.
Smith fired his previous agent, Jeff Nalley, after falling out of the first-round of the draft and has since hired Kim Miale, a Boston-based attorney with little experience when it comes to negotiating NFL contracts, but is the only certified NFLPA agent employed by Roc Nation Sports. The selection of Miale came as a surprise as there were several experienced, high-profile agents jockeying to represent Smith.
The NFLPA sprung into action after a picture of Smith and Jay-Z appeared on Instagram. The NFLPA was also concerned about comments made by former NFL defensive tackle John Thornton, an adviser to Smith who told Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com that he was in meetings with Smith and Jay-Z. Thornton would later say he was misquoted, but the investigation was underway.
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