Speculation soared that Manziel — who might have played his final college game in a thrilling comeback win over Duke in the Chick Fil-A Bowl — could be the next recruit for the rapper-turned-sports agent after the two partied at the same Miami club Thursday with a host of VIPs, reports Page Six of the N.Y. Post.
Jay Z performed earlier at the BB&T Center in Florida, and, after a stop at Diddy’s Star Island mansion, arrived at nightclub Story in South Beach at 2 a.m. with a group including his wife Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and DJ Khaled.
Johnny Football — who reportedly blew off his teammates to party with Drake — was later spotted hanging in the same VIP area where Jay and company occupied a table.
“He was in Jay’s area at Story,” a source told the gossip site, adding that the star QB arrived “very late” after Jay Z’s posse of 100 — “He may have only been there from 4 to 5 a.m.”Another witness said that when Manziel arrived, he was handed a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne — which goes for $300 retail — and told by a club staffer, “Welcome to the gold-bottle life!” But the source said that Jay Z left just as Manziel arrived and they didn’t interact.
Jay Z knows he must tread carefully around Manziel— a projected first-round draft choice. The agent has already butted heads with the NFL Players Association when, last year, he was singled out for possibly running afoul of league rules in the recruitment of Geno Smith to Roc Nation. But he was cleared of any wrongdoing. Agents are not allowed to recruit college players until they go pro.
Having finished his sophomore season, Manziel’s considered a top NFL recruit, but the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has yet to declare if he’ll join the league.
Roc Nation represents Robinson Cano and Victor Cruz and is rumored to be hoping to sign Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, who announced his intention to go pro this week. A Roc Nation rep didn’t get back to Page Six.