When John Thornton, an adviser to Jets rookie Geno Smith, mentioned Smith connecting with Jay-Z, he was referring to the agency and not the individual. Various representatives of his agency met with Smith on two occasions, but the rapper himself was in London at the time of those two meetings and not directly involved, Thornton clarified.
Thornton also said that a recent picture that Smith tweeted out of the quarterback with Jay-Z was taken well before Smith interviewed RoC Nation to represent him.
The NFLPA is looking into whether any regulations were violated during the process of Smith hiring the rapper/agent. Many agents feel threatened by the mogul's emergence as a sports agent and, with Jay-Z himself not a certified NFLPA agent, there are rules governing what he is eligible to do in the process.