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Nets part owner Jay-Z could end up paying for Kentucky visit

Mar 30, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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Jay-Z is a hoops fan, just with a lot more access than the rest of us. Because what doorman anywhere is stopping Jay-Z when he walks up?

Like the doorman at an NCAA tournament game. After Kentucky’s win over North Carolina Sunday to send them to the Final Four, Jay-Z was in the locker room congratulating the Wildcat players. Who were pretty thrilled to meet him (but may have preferred meeting Beyonce).

Except, as a minorty owner of the Nets, Jay-Z can’t have that kind of contact with college recruits, as Ken Berger reports at CBSSports.

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.

Berger notes that Celtics GM Danny Ainge got fined $30,000 for having a conversation with Kevin Durant’s mother in the stands at the 2007 Big 12 Tournament. This was much more, he was in the locker room with a number of guys who could be in the NBA in a few years.

Now, Jay-Z wasn’t recruiting for the Nets, and he has little if any say in basketball operations for the team. He was not there on Nets business. It’s a perception thing and he’s going to end up paying for it. We’re also fairly sure he can afford it.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    who cares

    • adamthompson24 - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      It’s news…grow up

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        this is news, wow.i thought it was a sport.

    • mytthor - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      Who cares that you don’t care?

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        you do

  2. hnirobert3 - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    This is the problem with celebrities owning sports teams. They want to do celebrity things, like hanging out with players. What’s to say him and LBJ hanging out when LBJ was still with the Cavs wasn’t tampering? There’s too much gray area.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      *meant to say Jay-Z hanging out with LBJ

  3. hockeyplygurl - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Attention the writer of this article-Kurt Helin-did you happen to watch the game? Kentucky DID NOT PLAY U CONN! That’s who they play this week. They beat UNC. How about someone checking his facts before writing an article. Obviously, no editors were involved in the writing of this story!

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      My bad, I had Kentucky/UConn on the brain (not in my bracket, sadly). Just a mistake that has now been corrected.

  4. starks3 - Mar 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    What does it matter?? The Nets don’t have any draft picks, they were all sent to Utah.

  5. LPad - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Is MJ being investigated for meeting with the UNC players? Or is this a double standard type thing by the NCAA. I think MJ promised some Jordans, unless Jay-Z gave them some iPods isn’t what MJ did worse?

    Also, since most college students interact with potential future employers via college job fairs and these guys are students why is this a problem?

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      MJ has to have somebody to pimp his $200.00 sneaks, I saw alot of kids pimpin
      Air Jordans during the tournament,,,,, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  6. pdub923 - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Wow. I didn’t know that Kentucky had already beaten UConn once in the tournament this year. If they beat them again on Saturday, that would be the first time someone beat the same team twice in the same tournament. Can’t wait!

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