The NFL Players Association doesn't intend to lose credibility, and that means the group will "aggressively pursue" possible rule violations committed by Jay-Z and player-agent Kim Miale during their recruitment of quarterback Geno Smith, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.
Smith, 22, was a second-round pick of the New York Jets and fired his representatives before hiring Miale over much more experienced options. Jay-Z is not a NFLPA-certified player representative, as he is only responsible for marketing. By the "runner rule," that means Jay-Z can not be used as a recruiting tool that helps persuade a player to sign with a representative.
A picture of Smith with Jay-Z from earlier in May is just one of many reasons to believe that Smith's selection of Miale could have been a violation of the "runner rule." That could mean harsh punishments for Miale, as Jay-Z's lack of NFLPA certification means he cannot be punished by the organization.