NBA to Investigate Nets Minority Owner Jay-Z for Illegal Contact With Kentucky’s Basketball Team


NBA to Investigate Nets Minority Owner Jay-Z for Illegal Contact With Kentucky's Basketball Team When the University of Kentucky men's basketball team upset the University of North Carolina 79-69 to advance to the Final Four, the team had a lot to celebrate, and, it just so happened that rap sensation Jay-Z joined in on the locker room celebration.

The Wildcats are no strangers to having musical icons celebrate the team's victories with them, but Jay-Z is more than just a musical icon. He is also a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, and therein lies the problem. 

According to, the NBA plans to investigate the contact between him and players on the UK team.

Jay-Z's visit, which was widely documented in photos and videos, is problematic in that UK has two potential NBA draft lottery picks in Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones should they decide to declare. The NBA has a rule that team personnel are not allowed any contact with college players until they declare for the draft. If the league finds that Jay-Z broke this rule, he could end up having to pay a fine for the infraction. All of this could happen despite the fact that the Nets don't even have a 2011 lottery pick because they traded it to the Utah Jazz in the Deron Williams deal.

Past precedent would show that a fine would be the likely result, though. If you remember, in 2007, the NBA fined Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge $30,000 for sitting with Kevin Durant's mother during a Big 12 tournament game.

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