Rapper. Producer. Mogul. Entrepreneur. Pro sports owner. Designer. Beyonce's husband. That celebrity who always seems to be in the thick of the action. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter is all those things (and more), but he's also one of the biggest players in the sports scene, especially in his native New York. The minority owner of the now Brooklyn Nets recently unveiled the team's new logo and color scheme that he designed as they move into their new digs -- less than three miles from where he grew up. So in honor of the Nets' new look, we decided it was time to dedicate a gallery solely to Jiggaman's many sports appearances.
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Jay-Z made the Yankee cap more famous than a Yankee can," which is probably why he got a World Series ring.
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This guy sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce at a Nets game. Bet that was fun.
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Hova's involvement in sports hasn't always been positive. His visit to the Kentucky locker room after the Wildcats beat UNC in the Elite Eight in 2011, Hova was fined $50,000 by the NBA. Owners of pro teams aren't allowed to mingle with college athletes. To find out how he felt about this fine, be sure to listen to one of his new tracks on the Watch The Throne.
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Wait, you mean A-Rod plays poker?
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Here is Michael Jordan, the Mike Jordan of recording and a man who is sponsored by Michael Jordan's shoe brand (Chris Paul).
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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Jiggaman enjoy a breakfast of champions at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.
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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys serenaded fans at the new Yankee Stadium with "Empire State of Mind" before Game 2 of the 2009 World Series.
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And then he became an honorary Yankee, riding on the team's float down the Canyon of Heroes after the team's 27th World Series win.
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In April 2010, Jay-Z and his business partner sued David Ortiz for $5 million after the Boston slugger opened a nightclub in the Dominican Republic called "Forty/Forty," a name Hova's clan deemed too close to his "40/40" club in New York. The name for Jay-Z's sports lounge was in reference to the exclusive baseball club of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. (Mind you, Ortiz is currently in his 15th season and only has 11 stolen bases over his career.) The two sides ended up settling out of court ... which is to say: In the lengthy history of Yankees-Red Sox feuds, this was one of the weakest.
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The friendship between Jay-Z and LeBron James is well known at this point, especially after the Nets co-owner tried (to no avail) to lure the top free agent in 2010 to New Jersey.
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Rapper and Detroit native Eminem tagged along with Jay-Z to meet Johnny Damon and the Tigers before their second game of a double-header against the Yankees.
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WNBA legend Lisa Leslie joined Hova, Memphis Bleek (second from left) and Beanie Sigel on the set of Bleek's video for "Do My" in 2001.
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Jay-Z tries to take LeBron one-on-one as Muhammad Ali and Rev. Jesse Jackson watch.
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Hova and Shaq Diesel got friendly after Game 3 of the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals against New Jersey.
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U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lets Jay-Z don his four medals from Beijing (two gold, two bronze) at the United Nations Association Global Leadership Awards Gala in 2008.
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Just hanging out with Dr. J and "OG" Juan Perez (president of the Roc-La-Familia label) at Jay-Z's Celebrity Poker Tournament in 2006.
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Mr. Carter represented the Nets at the 2008 draft. New Jersey took center Brook Lopez with the 10th pick, while the Bulls selected some kid named Derrick Rose with the top overall pick.
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Jigga meets the Answer.
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Caroline Kennedy, Jay-Z, Stephon Marbury and Hillary Clinton. This is like an awkward family photo.
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Yea, supposedly Jay was in Vegas to watch Manny Pacquiao annihilate Ricky Hatton. Seems he made friends with the ring girls along the way.
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Jay enjoys a laugh with tennis great and fellow New Yorker John McEnroe during a launch party for McEnroe's talk show on CNBC. The show lasted all of five months.
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Wesley Snipes looks uneasy (taxes?) while Jay takes one to the chin from the Ali.
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Jay-Z, who once considered investing Premier League team Arsenal F.C., decided to go into business with its former star, Ashley Cole. The two are planning to open "40/40 London," an off-shoot of Jay-Z's famed New York sports lounge.
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Yankees captain Derek Jeter, here in 2003, took in a Knicks game with singer Ashanti (with sunglasses), Jay-Z and two other women vying for his attention. The facial expressions of everyone in this photo are priceless.
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Jay-Z joined the crew of ESPN's Monday Night Football during a 2006 game between the Jaguars and Giants.
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