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NBA Investigating Jay-Z’s Visit Into Kentucky Locker Room

The NBA is investigating a visit into the Kentucky locker room by rapper Jay-Z after the Wildcats’ win over North Carolina on Sunday.

Jay-Z, who is a part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, celebrated with Kentucky players after they defeated North Carolina to advance to the Final Four.

This appears to be a rules violation because the NBA prohibits team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet eligible.

A similar incident occurred in 2007 when Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sat during a game with the mother of then Texas Longhorns star Kevin Durant. Ainge was fined $30,000 for the excessive contact.

As for Kentucky, this will probably be another recruiting tool for coach John Calipari. Actress Ashley Judd is a fixture at Wildcats games, and NBA star LeBron James and rapper Drake have both attended Kentucky games to offer their support in the past.

Jay-Z’s appearance certainly got the Kentucky players excited.

I said, ‘Oh, that’s Jay-Z!‘” freshman forward Terrence Jones said. “We all gave him a handshake and he came in the locker room, and we just kept screaming ‘Jay-Z in the locker room!’ He congratulated us, just said he was proud of us.”

 


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