Thursday, March 31, 2011
Jay-Z's visit with UK could cost him
By Eamonn Brennan
And by "cost him," I mean the business, man won't even think twice before writing the check. Still, whether his accountant notices or not, Jay-Z is likely to be sending some stacks the NBA's way.
Why? See, Hov was in the Prudential Center Sunday, and after he watched Kentucky clinch a Final Four berth with a win over North Carolina, he decided to stop by the Wildcats' locker room and congratulate the team.
So, what's the punishment? It won't be too serious. As Kurt Helin at Pro Basketball Talk notes, Jay-Z wasn't there recruiting for the Nets, or attempting to sway either of the Wildcats first-round NBA draft picks (Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight). He was merely there as a fan. Still, Celtics GM Danny Ainge was fined $30,000 by the NBA for having a conversation with Kevin Durant's mother at the 2007 Big 12 tournament. Jay-Z's "offense" was a little more brazen: He was in the locker room, in direct contact with players, and he even paused to take a photo.
In other words, Mr. Carter will be paying quite a bit more than three stacks to the NBA league office shortly. Fortunately, as we know from basically every Jay-Z song ever, he can afford it.