One of the strangest stories to come out of the NFL Draft surrounded Geno Smith’s reasons for his epic tumble into the second round. While a Yahoo! Sports article claimed that scouts were and may still be under the impression the former West Virginia quarterback is a diva, Smith blamed his agent and promptly fired him after his draft slide. He now has found new representation and has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency.
Geno Smith announces that he has hired Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports to represent him. Kim Miale will be contract agent
— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) May 22, 2013
Smith continues to battle for the starting job with the Jets and is going head on with Mark Sanchez to try and achieve his goal. Smith has also gotten some New York street cred by signing with Brooklyn’s finest — or at least that had to be the thought process behind it.
Jay-Z’s sports agency is doing exactly what we all thought it would, as it’s luring young athletes hoping to be hip into the ranks. Sports agents are vicious, often times soulless being that have been blamed for driving up salaries around sports and have been linked to numerous lockouts. But if there’s a guy who can chew up and spit out even then cruelest of sports agents, it’s going to be Jay-Z who has failed at nothing he’s tried.
That’s the representation Smith is hoping he can get, and it’s the start of a rebuilding process for his character that has arguably been shattered already by allegations in the press that he’s a diva. So far Smith hasn’t stepped further out of line than anyone else in the league, but the move to join Roc Nation may end up biting him in the end.
Smith will be represented by Kim Miale, who currently only has two other clients — a kicker and linebacker who both remain inactive. So when Smith says he’s not joining Roc Nation as an “image thing”, you better believe he’s not joking with an agent like Miale.