News: NFL Superstar Eyes Jay Z, Preps To Throw Up The Roc Nation
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 12:11PM
NFL superstar Ndamukong Suh reportedly has a growing interest in brushing his shoulder pads off and teaming up with rap mogul Jay Z's star-studded Roc Nation Sports roster.
While no ink has splashed just yet, reports claim Suh has his eyes set on Team Jigga.
Per a league source, there's a growing sense that Suh will select Jay Z, at a minimum for Suh's off-field opportunities. It's unclear whether Suh would hire Roc Nation for all purposes, or whether Suh would hire Jay Z for marketing and another agency to negotiate his football contract. Of Jay Z's two current NFL clients, Giants receiver Victor Cruz is represented by CAA and Jets quarterback Geno Smith is represented by Kim Miale, who works for Jay Z's firm. (Pro Football Talk)
Fellow NFL player Geno Smith recently spoke on Jay being very influential with his off-field advice since joining Roc Nation Sports last year.
"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")
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