April 09, 2011
Jay-Z, the minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, has been fined $50,000 from the NBA for impermissible contact with collegiate players. NBA rules prohibit any team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet entered into the draft. The theory is that it gives an advantage into scouting.
Jay-Z's visit was a surprise as he entered the locker room during the Wildcats celebration and started shaking hands and snapping pictures with the team.
Celebrity sightings aren't exactly out of the norm for Kentucky. Rapper Drake showed up in Kentucky's locker room several times after victories during the 2010 NCAA tournament and Ashley Judd and LeBron James have also made appearances.
But the difference between them and Jay-Z is that none of them have a monetary stake in an NBA team.
Kentucky has at least four players that could be NBA draft picks in June.