ESPN is reporting that the New Jersey Nets have been fined $50,000 for Nets minority owner Jay-Z’s presence in the Kentucky locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the fine Friday before the Nets played the New York Knicks at the Prudential Center.
NBA rules prohibit team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet draft eligible.
The NBA’s investigation, first reported by CBSSports.com, was triggered by a video showing Jay-Z visiting with various Kentucky players in their locker room at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., after the Wildcats’ quarterfinal victory over North Carolina.
There’s a fine line between being a rap star and part owner of an NBA team. Wearing two hats can sometimes be complicated. What’s not complicated? Staying away from NCAA players during the tournament. Even though $50,000 is a drop in the bucket for Jigga, we’re sure he has gotten the message.
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