Over the last couple decades, Cash Money Records CEOs Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams have created a musical powerhouse with their label. Now, they seem intent on building up a new branch of their business: Cash Money Sports.
Back in March, rumors surfaced online that Mike Evans, one of the top NFL prospects, had aligned himself with the newly formed Cash Money Sports. On Thursday night (May 8), just hours before he was selected seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the wide receiver spoke with MTV News about his partnership with the brothers Williams.
"Yeah, just for my marketing side," Evans responded, when asked if he's down with Cash Money Sports. "Slim's my mentor. They're great people to have in my corner, and I just love them."
Evans added that he initially linked up with the Cash Money co-founders through his agent, Deryk Gilmore. That explanation falls in line with previous reports that suggested Cash Money Sports and Priority Sports, where Gilmore works, would be collaborating.
According to Forbes, the wheels for a potential sports branch of the company were set in motion late last year. In October, Cash Money Records, Inc. filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register "Visionaire Sports Group," to protect the name as it relates to its use in "sports agency services, namely, management, representation and promotion of professional athletes; business management of sports people; talent recruiting services in the field of sports."
In March, Birdman posted a photo of himself, Evans, and Slim on Instagram, with a simple caption: "CMS..S/O @mikeevans RG"
Thursday night, he hopped back on social media, this time to congratulate the new draftee.
Fittingly, when Evans walked across the stage to greet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was chosen by the Bucs, Drake's "Trophies" blared on the Radio City Music Hall sound system.
His college teammate at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel, was also drafted Thursday night, and is known to be close with Drizzy (remember "Draft Day"?).
Could he be the next to join the Cash Money Sports team?