After reports surfaced earlier this week that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had contact with rapper Jay Z, who fronts the sports agency Roc Nation, USC compliance officials have reviewed the situation.
A statement issued by Steve Fink, USC assistant athletics director for media relations, read as follow: “Based on the facts USC has gathered, Jadeveon Clowney has not had any impermissible conversations nor has he received any impermissible benefits.”
Roc Nation is making a push to sign big-name clients, and Clowney looks to be a prime target. Jay Z’s firm already represents MLB star Robinson Cano and NBA standout Kevin Durant.
USC coach Steve Spurrier reiterated at his Thursday media golf outing that Clowney is allowed to have conversations with anyone with certain stipulations.
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“He can talk to anybody he wants, as long as he doesn’t take anything,” Spurrier said. “He can’t take money, and he can’t take anything of value from anybody. I think he knows that. That’s been preached to him since he signed with us on Feb. 14 two years ago. He can accept everything anyone wants to give him right after a bowl game, whenever that may be after the season.”
Spurrier on Clowney