Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports has until Friday to respond to a letter it received on Monday from the NFL Players Association asking for an explanation of the agency's recent signing of New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, according to a report Thursday from the New York Post.
In question is how sports agent Kim Miale of the recently launched firm went about signing Smith to a contract for representation earlier in May. The NFLPA cannot question Jay-Z since he is not a certified agent, but the Association is putting Miale under the microscope because of a "runner rule" that says only NFLPA-certified agents can recruit a player for representation. Given Jay-Z's status within the company, and the fact that Smith posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the hip hop mogul days before the signing, Miale's tactics and Jay'z influence are coming into question by the NFLPA.
On Thursday, Roc Nation declined an interview with the New York Post.
As Darren Rovell pointed out shortly after the signing, Smith's deal with Roc Nation is for NFL contract negotiation only and not for off-the-field marketing opportunities, which may put Miale and the firm in violation of the rules and policies set fourth by the NFLPA.