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Bryan Michael Cox Claims JAY-Z Told Jermaine Dupri to Turn Down NFL Deal Less Than a Year Ago

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Bryan Michael Cox Claims Told Jermaine to Turn Down NFL Deal Less Than a Year Ago

’s NFL partnership that will see him be the league’s “live music entertainment strategist” has certainly sparked a number of publicly-aired opinions both for and against the idea.

On the latter note Bryan Michael Cox, a Grammy-winning songwriter and close friend/collaborator of Jermaine Durpi, is alleging that JAY-Z personally phoned less than a year ago to advise him to turn down a similar deal. Though Cox didn’t specify, the deal could be the NFL’s bid to get to help put together free shows in Atlanta in the lead-up to this past February’s Super Bowl 53.

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“I’m not saying that it can’t turn into some good shit,” Cox said of the recently announced partnership. “We’re also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it…. When we all had that meeting with the NFL, all that shit was part of the same shit.

“I’m not gonna condemn it and be like, ‘That shit’s wack,'” Cox continued. “For me, I want to look at it intelligently because I know a lot of what was happening before and how we were engaged last year as a community…. At the end of the day, [Dupri] took a beating for doing the same shit. And I guarantee you they didn’t pay him as much as they’re about to pay [JAY].”

Dupri himself has yet to corroborate Cox’s claim. You can watch the relevant conversation around the 14:35 mark below:

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