The NBA has reportedly launched an investigation into Jay-Z’s presence in the Kentucky Wildcats’ locker room after they clinched a Final Four berth on Sunday (March 27).
According to reports, the rap superstar visited the college basketball team’s players after their victory over North Carolina Sunday, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, home of the Nets. whom Jay-Z is a part-owner of.
The NBA prohibits team personnel from having any private contact with players who are not yet draft eligible, and could likely be eligible at a later time.
Spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press the league is looking into it, and Jay could receive a fine for the violation.
Some experts say that Jay shouldn’t receive too harsh a punishment, because he wasn’t there recruiting Wildcats players as future first-round NBA draft picks. He was there simply as a fan. However, team personnel have been fined for lesser offenses.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge was fined $30,000 by the NBA for having a conversation with Kevin Durant’s mother at the 2007 Big 12 tournament. Jay-Z’s “offense” was a little more brazen, though — he was in the locker room, in direct contact with players, and he even paused to take a photo.