Jay Z may be in hot water, as the MLB Players Association investigates him to decide whether he violated the union’s agent regulations for giving New York Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano a $33,900 watch for his birthday.
According to ESPN.com, Cano received a limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch by Hublot during an Oct. 22 party for his 31st birthday in Belgium.
The Yankees player left Scott Boras’ agency in April to sign on with Jay’s Roc Nation Sports agency, whose clientele incldues Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and NFL players Victor Cruz and Geno Smith.
As noted by ESPN, section 5(B)(5)(a) of the Players Association regulations states: “No Player Agent or Applicant shall provide, cause to be provided or promise to provide, any money or any other thing of value to any player, or any person related to or associated with such player, the purpose of which is to induce or encourage such player to use or continue to use any person’s or firm’s services as a Player Agent, Representative, or Draft Advisor.”
Because of this regulation, Jay may be in violation. However, it’s what kind of discipline he faces is unknown.
While a clause does allow gifts if the player was already a client of the agent, any gift exceeding $500 must be disclosed to the union in writing. “Players Association officials say the seven paragraphs of rules are meant to ensure that players choose their representatives on merit rather than what the union calls ‘improper inducements,’ ” writes ESPN.com.