Jay Z has been a thorn in the side of agents and leagues everywhere since the day he announced the launch of Roc Nation Sports Agency. At first, Hova was not technically certified to represent any athletes in any big-time sports. He needed others to bring in guys like Robinson Cano and Victor Cruz at first while he handled their marketing. While he is now able to represent MLB and NBA players himself, the NFLPA is currently investigating his relationship with and recruitment of second-round New York Jets draft pick Geno Smith.
Now the compliance officials at South Carolina are not too happy about Shawn Carter’s dealings, either.
Below is a photo that was posted to superstar Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s Instagram account. While he eventually deleted it, we all know nothing is ever really “deleted” from the account of those under public scrutiny, now are they?
While a lot of what the NCAA does is, for lack of a better word, stupid, this really is not one of them. Protecting student-athletes from multi-million dollar moguls is priority No. 1.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, asked about the report by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, said that Clowney understands exactly that.
“All of our conversations [with Clowney] are wait until you have played your last game at South Carolina,” Spurrier said. “When the bowl game is over this coming season he’s free to accept any amount of money anybody wants to give him. But until then he has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he’s not going to be eligble. He’s done a good job of knowing that.”
But if Clowney does “get it,” then why the Instagram post? All we’re saying is that it would be a dirty shame if Clowney was watching from the sidelines in 2013 like the rest of us. As fans, watching the 6-foot-6, 265-pound manimal is a real treat.
[H/T: SB Nation]