COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - A source within the sports agent community thinks one of his own may have initiated the story about South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney's relationship with rap mogul, turned sports agency boss, Jay Z.
Late Monday, online NFL news site, Inside the League, reported that Clowney is in regular contact with the music star and his newly-formed Roc Nation Sports talent agency.
The group made headlines earlier this summer when it signed NBA superstar Kevin Durant as a client and the new agency is looking to add to its pool of athletes.
Clowney, a projected top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, would be a monumental signing.
Given Jay Z's potential to shake up the status quo in athlete representation, an agent, who requested anonymity, thinks someone leaked the story about Clowney to ensure there was a probe into Jay Z's burgeoning agency.
"Not only is it plausible, I'd guess it's definite," said the agent to NFL Draft 365. "Agents compete with agents."
Jay Z is certified as an agent with the NBA and Major League Baseball, but it not a certified NFL agent. He employs a person who is certified to handle NFL contracts, but any contact the rap star has with a college football player could not only become a problem for his agency, but also Clowney, or any player, the University of South Carolina and the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA does not condone the use of uncertified "runners," as they are known in the industry, to recruit college players.
The University of South Carolina compliance office is looking into contact between Clowney and Jay Z.
Under NCAA guidelines, athletes are permitted to talk to agents, just not reach verbal or written agreements about future representation. They are also forbidden from accepting benefits from agents, such as money, meals, cars, or clothing, to name a few.
(Information from NFL.com contributed to this report.)