LIFESTYLE — 03 April 2013
Anonymous Agent Blasts Jay-Z’s Athlete Representation Venture

This was bound to happen. In fact, I’m surprised it took this long. I’m referring to backlash.

Yesterday, news broke that Jay-Z has decided to run an athlete representation shop, Roc Nation Sports, and has signed Robinson Cano as its first client. Victor Cruz appears to be not too far behind.

As you can imagine, other agents aren’t too happy about this. Also, countless people have had sarcastic things to say about Jay-Z’s latest endeavor. The way I see it: this has success written all over it.

An unnamed, anonymous (and cowardly, and bitter) agent has voiced his distaste with what’s going on, according to the New York Times.

Sounds like sour grapes if you ask me. Wipe your tears, man up, and attach your name to it.

“Canseco is probably dead on,” said the agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Jay-Z doesn’t know s— about baseball. You don’t hire a real estate agent to do neurosurgery.”

“Celebrity in baseball comes from performance, but Robinson is looking at Jay-Z and Beyonce to make him a celebrity,” he said. “He is being naïve. The story now is about Jay-Z, not Robinson.”

 

However, it’s worth repeating that Jay-Z will not directly be negotiating Cano’s next contract.

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  1. Remember Wesley Snipes famous line to Michael Wright in the movie Sugar Hill? Snipes as Romello Skuggs” Is Gus now Don King trying to hook up the brothers?” All the other cutthroats can be involved in contract negotiations, but now when Jay-Z gets involved, it’s a crime!

  2. White people mad the Black man won again!! HAHA..When will you learn if you take the chains off of us we will take over just give us time..You white people had a 300 year head start and look how far you got..Blacks are not that far behind..Make everything equal and we will surpass you…

    • Are you serious?! Welcome to the ” new world ” My gosh…Take the chains off…OK Django do your thing. I am totally embarrassed for you right now.

      • You hit the nail on the head, this guy should be embarrased for what he said, what an idiot.

    • That’s just sad, dude. I’m white and I applaud what Jay-Z is doing. The man is turning himself into a conglomerate and having fun while he’s doing it. Also, the agent spoke anonymously. For all you know, he was black. It’s mindsets like yours that will keep racism thriving for far too long.

    • Yes, you’re just as good at being racist as any white person has ever been. White people didn’t even really need that 300 year head start amirite? ….moron.

    • REALLY? It really has to be about black & white?? WOW I didnt see anything in that story about that

    • I suggest you Google “linking verb” and begin to include them in both your writing and speech.
      Questions are followed by a “?” and sentences do not need a double period.
      The greatest slave master is ignorance. The strongest chains are excuses.
      If Jay-Z was a good choice or a bad choice only time will tell. I personally believe it will be successful. He seems to have the drive and business acumen. None of which are inherent to skin color.
      The earliest traces of civilization have been found going back nearly 80,000 years in Africa about 20,000 years before the arrival of modern humans in Europe. Actually it seems there was a 20,000 year head start for those who are truly African. The you chains you are currently wearing seem to be a mindset as opposed to actual repression. It seems far easier to explain ones short comings by finding all the excuses for lack of success then it is to find a way to succeed.
      Tomorrow Scott Borris could begin a career in hip-hop and his success would be measured in album sales and revenue. Jay-Z will be held to the standards by which agents are held and success will be measured just the same. Capitalism knows no color but green.

    • “THE MAN” You aren’t.The Mexicans will take over before the lazy blacks.

    • HAHA not in your lifetime. You angry and miserable little stain. You hear me boy? You IG’NANT SON.

    • As a black man, I hope the average black man today never takes over. We need the right people to take over and make it a better world for everyone. We don’t need run away crime, foul language and disrespect after a false showing of brotherly love.

    • I suggest you Google “linking verb” and begin to include them in both your writing and speech.
      Questions are followed by a “?” and sentences do not need a double period.
      The greatest slave master is ignorance. The strongest chains are excuses.
      If Jay-Z was a good choice or bad choice time will tell. I personally believe it will be successful. He seems to have the drive and business acumen. None of which are inherent to skin color.
      The earliest traces of civilization have been found going back nearly 80,000 years in Africa about 20,000 years before the arrival of modern humans in Europe. Actually it seems there was a 20,000 year head start for those who are truly African. The you chains you are currently wearing seem to be a mindset as opposed to actual repression. It seems far easier to explain ones short comings by finding all the excuses for lack of success then it is to find a way to succeed.
      Tomorrow Scott Borris could begin a career in hip-hop and his success would be measured in album sales and revenue. Jay-Z will be held to the standards by which agents are held and success will be measured just the same. Capitalism knows no color but green.

  3. Where did these Envious agent learn how to become one.
    i am certain that they all think that only white men and Jews should be agents.

  4. Jay Z doesnt have to know shit about baseball. He just needs to hire people that do. To bitch and whine is one thing but to it ANONYMOUSLY is a real bitch ass move.

  5. Will you be able to information us in your web marketer or the man who looks after your blog post, I have to determine if it could be very easy to be considered a visitor poster.

  6. I don’t give credit to anonymous quotes. If a reporter cannot supply a name then it’s safe to say that anything can be reported and the public will never know what’s legitimate and what isn’t. This story is nothing more than an attempt to create a controversy where there isn’t one. That’s what the media does. Eli Manning said it best when he was talking to the media. “I play football and you make up stories”.

  7. Last I checked Magic Johnson Part Owner of Dodgers, Guess this Agent should start selling Real Estate,

    • thats funny cuz magic johnsons sports agency is ran by the wife of tha guy who heads roc nation’s sports agency [jay-z's agency] … … interesting ehhh.

  8. not much training or finesse to be a sports agent these days…just look at what players who are playing the same position make and ask for an unreasonable amount over that. Really child’s play in many respects. You go Scott Boras you rocket scientist you…

  9. Sounds like Boras is upset at losing a client!

  10. Who gives a s***? If Cano wants to take a chance with a more-than-likely inferior agent, he can. He’s going to live with the riches or his mistake either way. I wouldn’t do it, but that’s just me. Best of luck to him.

  11. And this is why. I’m a ROC4Life

  12. No need to be envious of anyone’s success…since there is enough room in the universe for everyone to be successful!

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