Trouble always seems to find J.R. Smith
by Shaun Powell, Sports on Earth
J.R. Smith of the Knicks was suspended five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, a length that indicates Smith was popped for recreational drug use. Marijuana, likely.
Smith has been a solid sixth man for the Knicks but also a worry away form the court. Nobody enjoys being an athlete in New York quite like Smith, and that’s not always a good thing, depending on the athlete. Derek Jeter manages life in the big city quite well. Smith, well, it’s always an adventure. He made league history by being fined for posting a picture on the Internet of a woman’s ample and mostly bare behind. He partied with Rihanna last spring, and then this was posted on the singer’s Instagram: “His ass be hungover from clubbing every night during the playoffs.”
Smith would hardly be the first New York athlete to enjoy himself a little too much, and anyway, Joe Namath broke the mold. Still, the Knicks just invested $18 million over the next three years in Smith, and his maturity remains a work in progress. Remember, Smith popped Jason Terry with an elbow in the Knicks-Celtics series last spring and earned a one-game suspension. Three months earlier, he was ejected from a game with the Pacers. With Smith, a potential issue or controversy is never too far behind.