The NFLPA is looking into whether rap mogul Jay-Z and his new agency violated any of the union's regulations during its pursuit of players, namely their recent signing of Jets draft pick Geno Smith. There have been allegations that Jay-Z, who is not an NFLPA certified contract advisor, might have violated regulations regarding "runners" and what kind of contact they may have with players, and what types of services they may be able to speak about (namely, marketing matters but not those related to a player contract).
Things can be pretty nebulous in the recruiting of players and what constitutes a violation, but there is growing intensity within the agent community for the union to explore whether the rapper and his agency did not follow protocol. Specifically, if Jay-Z was talking to potential clients at a time when his agency did not yet secure the services of a qualified advisors, then his relationship with Smith could be open to scrutiny and possible NFLPA action.
Roc Nation only hired a certified advisor in the past week or so. And while at first many assumed Jay-Z's relationship with CAA would lead to CAA top agents like Tom Condon and Ben Dogra negotiating deals, that's clearly not the case at least as it pertains to Smith (Roc Nation also secured Giants veteran Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent, as their first football client early this offseason).
The NFLPA is sending the letters to secure more information about the exact timeline of their pursuit of Smith, who fired his former agents shortly after the draft.