We reported earlier today that Jets quarterback Geno Smith came out and told the media that Jay-Z didn’t recruit him to Roc Nation Sports.
According to Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Sports, Smith did in fact speak with Jay-Z about joining Roc Nation Sports prior to signing with his agency.
According to a person who spoke to Smith before he signed with Roc Nation, the second-round pick said Jay-Z had lined up a woman to represent him on all contract matters. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the conversation was to remain private, said Smith made it clear he’d spoken to Jay-Z about joining the firm and that he hadn’t actively sought out the woman who would be his next agent.
Kimberly Miale is a Boston-based attorney and NFL Players Association-certified agent who now represents Smith. Miale has only two inactive clients registered with the NFLPA — kicker Carlos Martinez, currently with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, and former University of Florida linebacker Brandon Hicks.
If this report is true (I don’t doubt it), then Jay-Z and Roc Nation are in violation of the “runner rule” which prohibits non-agents from recruiting players. It will be interesting to see what the NFLPA finds out as they investigate Jay-Z.