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Can Kentucky get in trouble?

The following is from: http://www.netsdaily.com/2011/3/29/2079747/nba-will-investigate-jay-zs-contact-with-kentucky-players

In the aftermath of Kentucky's regional final win over North Carolina at the Prudential Center on Sunday, Nets minority owner Jay-Z was photographed in the UK locker room. The rapper presumably has a relationship with Kentucky (and former Net) coach John Calipari through William Wesley, aka "Worldwide Wes."

Well, the problem is that NBA team personnel aren't allowed to make contact with college players before they declare for the draft, and the Kentucky roster includes a pair of potential lottery picks. So Ken Berger reports that the NBA will look into the matter and cites a previous case where Celtics GM Danny Ainge sat with Kevin Durant's mother at the Big 12 Tournament in 2007. Ainge was fined $30,000.

 

The following is from: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Jay-Z-visits-the-Kentucky-locker-room-after-Sund?urn=ncaab-wp1382

As if securing their program's first Final Four berth since 1998 weren't excitement enough for Kentucky players, the Wildcats had a surprise guest waiting for them outside their locker room after Sunday's victory over North Carolina.

Rap mogul Jay-Z surprised the players by shaking hands, snapping photos and congratulating Kentucky on its accomplishment.

"That in itself was a pretty nice experience to add on to (the Final Four)," guard Darius Miller told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Going to the Final Four (is bigger) by far. But still, Jay-Z. It's crazy. This whole day has been crazy. I'm still taking it all in."

The visit from Jay-Z was reminiscent of last year's NCAA tournament when rapper Drake would regularly show up in the Kentucky locker room after victories. He later invited the Wildcats on stage during an offseason show in Lexington, also leading a C-A-T-S cheer and performing the John Wall dance on stage.

The association with celebrities like Ashley Judd, Drake and LeBron James is another perk Calipari can emphasize to give Kentucky an advantage on the recruiting trail. Just like the Showtime Lakers attracted players and fans because of their ties to Hollywood, Kentucky is quickly becoming college basketball's answer to that.

The presence of Jay-Z was certainly enough to excite freshman forward Terrence Jones on Sunday.

"I said, 'Oh that's Jay-Z!'" Jones told the Courier-Journal. "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.

 

 

Ok yeah so the NBA is looking into this situation, but surely Security and UK could have stopped this. Is there anything here that UK can get in trouble with the NCAA for this?

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