According to the twitter accounts of South Carolina beat writers, Gamecocks officials turned up no wrongdoing in a brief investigation of the relationship between star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and rap mogul JAY Z.
Very quick investigation, very quick result. Clowney and Jay Z have had no improper contact.â David Cloninger (@DCTheState) July 25, 2013
USC compliance office has completed its review and found nothing wrong with Clowney and Jay Z situation. #Gamecocksâ GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) July 25, 2013
That brings an apparent quick end to a brief firestorm of controversy over whether Clowney had violated NCAA rules, which prohibit college players with remaining eligibility from signing with agents or accepting anything of benefit from them. South Carolina's investigation, however, doesn't absolve JAY Z under NFL Players Association rules.
It remains to be seen whether the NFLPA comes down on JAY Z, whose position as an agent uncertified for NFL contracts, yet owner of the Roc Sports Nation agency, makes any contact with Clowney or other NFL prospects a potential NFLPA violation. Believe this, however: the most important hurdle for JAY Z to clear in this wasn't his own -- it was Clowney's. Costing a potential No.1 overall NFL draft pick a season of college eligibility would have decimated any agent's career.
Even that of an icon like JAY Z.
Clowney is clear to lace up his cleats this fall. And that is far more important to Roc Sports Nation's reputation than whatever might come of any investigation into JAY Z's recruiting practices.
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