By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Jay Z might be quite the business man, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t run into a few problems as his empire expands. The “Magna Carta Holy Grail” star’s new sports agency Roc Nation Sports has taken off to a tremendous start, however, there’s been a few hiccups along the way. In particular, he’s been investigated a couple of times for allegedly sparking up relationships with potential clients before he’s legally able to and although nothing has come from any of these investigations, it appears Roc Nation Sports is being investigated yet again thanks to reports suggesting Jay Z allegedly started talking to a college football star before he’s eligible to turn pro. WLTX reports:
The University of South Carolina’s athletics department is looking into reports that star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney may have had contact with rap mogul Jay-Z.
Jay-Z, who’s real name is Shawn Carter, has recently started a talent representative agency for athletes called Roc Nation Sports. Earlier this summer, he made a splash when he signed Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder to a deal.
A report from “Inside the League,” a football insider website, claimed Clowney was in “regular contact” with Jay-Z about possibly signing with the rapper’s company. The report did not list any sourcing for that claim.
An Instagram account believed to be operated by Clowney posted a link to an article discussing the report. Below the post was written “You kno [sic] we about to turn up. Dream coming true.”
The USC compliance office is investigating to see if Jay pulled any dirty moves, and the Instagram post is apparently what caused the investigation.
Interestingly enough, Jay Z said in a recent interview he feels all the investigations and criticisms surrounding his sports agency is simply a result of him putting fear in other sports agents. He tells the Breakfast Club:
“These agents acquire the athlete and they do the typical thing. They knock on the same doors. Nike. Do the contract. And then sit back. They don’t do anything else. They’ve been sitting around for 20-30 years. Just not doing anything. So me coming…that’s a problem for them. Because now they have to go to work. They have to wake up. They have to do things. They don’t want me around because now they have to do something for these athletes. For the most part I’m gonna do more for the athlete.”