Voiceless Corner: Jay-Z's New Roc Empire

WNBA's Skylar Diggins

MLB's Robinson Cano

He had 99 problems, but not any more.

Shawn Carter, better known to the music and entertainment community as Jay-Z, has taken over the game... literally. After successfully selling his ownership shares with the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z has taken his Roc Nation Sports and become the new powerhouse in sports. But has he taken it too far?

With news flying on draft night that eventual #39 pick of the New York Jets, Eugene 'Geno' Smith fired his agent, there were rumblings on the reason why. Even the experts couldn't understand it. But Geno made it outright when interviewed by Sirius Radio, a few nights after the draft:

"I don't want to shed too much light on it," he said. "The thing that I can tell you is that it's not because of the whole draft experience. It's not because of one particular incident. There's a number of things. And that story, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don't feel too comfortable talking about all the details of it.

Then, the world was once again "roc"ed as Jay-Z swooped in and became the college standout's newest representative. Sure enough, the NFL made Jay-Z enemy #1:

The NFL Players Association is investigating Jay-Z’s role in Geno Smith’s decision to choose Kim Miale and Roc Nation as his agency, according to NFL.com

The NFLPA plans to send a letter of inquiry to Miale to determine Jay-Z’s role during the process, according to the report. Smith fired his former agents after he dropped to the 39th overall pick in the draft.

So the question is, has Jay-Z become bigger than entertainment? Should be allowed to hate? I mean, he does have enough haters, especially after word got out Geno was down. We can only hope Mr. Carter took all the right ways to get Mr. Smith under his umbrella, but then again, when you hustle, who cares about the consequences... right?

Sources: USAToday.com, NYDailyNews.com


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