A top NFL agent revealed that team security has kicked her out of hotels assuming she was a player's girlfriend

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Nicole Lynn with clients Quinnen Williams (left) and Quincy Williams (right). Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET
  • Nicole Lynn is the first Black woman agent in NFL history to represent a top-three NFL draft pick.

  • Lynn said team security staff have mistaken her for a client's girlfriend in the past.

  • Lynn told NBC that she's even "had team security kick her out of a player's hotel."

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Nicole Lynn may be a well-known trailblazer in the football world, but that hasn't shielded her from the sexism built into the sports industry.

Lynn, an NFL agent, became the first Black woman in league history to represent a top-three draft pick in 2019, when the New York Jets selected her client, Quinnen Williams, with the third overall pick that year.

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But in a recent interview with Hoda Kotb, Lynn said she still often faces gender bias while doing her job. She's even been mistaken for the girlfriend of a client.

"I've had team security kick me out of a player's hotel thinking I was a girlfriend trying to sneak in," Lynn said.

Lynn signed her first client when she was just 26 years old, joining PlayersRep Sports Management as their first female agent, according to her personal website. Six years later, she represents more than a dozen NFL athletes, most notably Williams and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

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Jalen Hurts. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Her stock in the NFL world is likely to keep going up, since Lynn joined forces with Klutch Sports Group last month. The agency was created by megawatt NBA agent Rich Paul and made famous by the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, John Wall, and more.

Lynn is officially the agency's President of Football Operations, and she'll bring her extensive portfolio of clients along with her to Klutch.

"Any time someone thinks of an agent, they're gonna think of me," Lynn told Kotb. "The first person that's gonna come to their mind is a Black woman. I'm the Jerry Maguire - that is who I am."

Lynn's full interview with NBC also spotlights San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and Adia Barnes, the Arizona Wildcats women's basketball head coach. You can watch it below:

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