Jay-Z Gets Heat for Signing NY Giants Victor Cruz

Hov may need a postgraduate degree to become NFLPA certified.

Posted: 04/18/2013 10:04 AM EDT
Jay-Z, Victor Cruz

The hate on Jay-Z has been thick this week as sports insiders demanded an investigation into his involvement in signing New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. Some agents and fans are mad because the hip hop mogul is not a certified "contract advisor" and third-party recruiting was blocked from the NFLPA in a new rule set in place last year.

The really mad are even bringing up Master P's foray into sports management, citing his contract negotiation for then rookie Ricky Williams as one of the worst deals in the history of the NFL.

Reportedly, however, the NFLPA will likely not view the move as a violation considering Jay's long-time friendship with Cruz extends beyond any contract with Roc Nation Sports and its partner CAA Sports, the leading sports management agency in the game with over 800 signees.

Jay, who covers the next issue of Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people, is reportedly so sincere about his business, he's planning to become a certified sports agent himself. The next test he'd be eligible to take is in January 2014, plenty of time to negotiate a waiving of another rule that requires those who are certified to have a postgraduate degree.

In other sports, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian expressed interest in picking up Jay's shares of the Nets, which would make it possible for the Brooklyn native to cut deals for basketball players as well. 

 

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