News: Jay Z Helps NY Sports Star Fend Off Haters: "I Talk To Jay A Lot"

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 9:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith recently talked about his relationship with Jay Z after inking a big contract to Roc Nation Sports earlier this year.

Experiencing the highs and lows of the NFL in his rookie season, Smith said Jigga has been very influential with his off-field advice.

"I talk to Jay a lot," Smith told The Post. "He gave me some good advice. He told me to not take [criticism] personally. It's not that people don't like me. It's not at me. It's the position that I'm in. Just realize the position that I'm in comes with a lot of scrutiny. You can't take it personally. You just have to live your daily life." (New York Post)

Geno also said he had no regrets after taking a chance joining Jay's Roc Nation Sports agency shortly after it launched last spring.

Smith hired Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports to represent him in the spring after firing his initial agents following the NFL Draft. Smith received criticism for the move, but he said Thursday it was the right move for him. "It's been great," he said. "I think I made the absolute correct choice. Some of the best people I've met, great mentors from all areas. They treat me with so much class, my family and everyone. It was definitely a great move." (New York Post)

Recently, Roc Nation Sports star Skylar Diggins gave props to Mr. Carter and his staff for having her back since joining a few months ago.

"He's amazing and the whole Roc Nation family is amazing," Diggs responded when asked how Jay has been as a representative. "[They're] just people, everything they touch turns to gold and they just want to move mountains for you and it's great working with people that you actually like. ... [College gift?] I don't know what you're talking about. [laughs] Ha! I'm still trying to figure [the car buttons] out, to be honest. Six months in and [I'm] still trying to figure it out. [Is it outside the studio?] No, it's not. [laughs] It's not." ("Crowd Goes Wild")

Earlier this month, Young Hov managed to get out of a sticky situation involving Smith's Roc Nation Sports recruitment.

The NFLPA had been investigating whether Jay Z, who is not a certified NFL agent, recruited Smith against union rules before this past year's draft. In a memo to all agents Friday, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the NFLPA clarified the so-called "runner rule," saying it permits non-certified associates to attend an introductory meeting with potential clients to present the full range of services offered by the agency. The meeting must take place at the agent's place of business and is limited to one per potential client. No further contact may occur between the potential client and the agent's uncertified business associates. (USA Today)

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