Knicks shooting guard and glutton for attention, J.R. Smith, tried to untie the shoelaces of an opponent not once, but twice in the last week—never mind that games are broadcast on live television across a nation. Now, he owes the league a massive, $50,000-dollar fine. Here is a list of every self-destructive, game-obstructing, fine-earning thing the controversial player has done since really hitting his stride in 2012.
Jan. 7, 2014: Attempts to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe… costing him $50,000
Repeating his antics from earlier in the week, Smith bent down during the first quarter of a game against the Detroit Pistons and appeared to try to undo Greg Monroe’s shoe unsuccessfully. However, it seems to be just another day in the life for Smith, who had tweeted a day earlier that “[he does] it every game” to a fan asking if he had tried the same before with Dwight Howard of the Rockets. This repeated unsportsmanlike conduct did not go unnoticed by the NBA, who decided to fine him a whopping $50,000. We’re guessing even if J.R. quits his behaviour, opposing players will be a little more nervous than usual during free throws.
Jan. 5, 2014: Unties Shawn Marion’s shoe
In a game against the Dallas Mavericks, J.R. untied Shawn Marion’s shoe as Dirk Nowitzki squared off for a free throw attempt. At the time, the Knicks had won less than half as many times as they’ve lost, but the Knicks went on to beat out their opponents 92-80 later that night. Go figure. Following the incident, rumours circulated that the NBA would possibly fine Smith, but the shooting guard was instead warned for his actions after a quick investigation. Apparently, the warning wasn’t stern enough to dissuade him from future attempts at the same bit.
Nov. 15, 2013: Threatens Brandon Jennings in $25,000 Twitter beef
The Piston’s Brandon Jennings questioned how good J.R. Smith really was on Twitter, suggesting that he isn’t a fit for the NBA. Firing back, Smith tweeted that he’ll try to visit violence on the point guard through some of his connections: “Might call some of my Number street homies [and] put #Detroit on smash for a min! #DeadSerious.” If anything, that hashtag didn’t help his case as the league slapped him with a $25,000 fine for his conduct.
Sept. 6, 2013: Gets a five-game ban for substance abuse
The Knicks suspended J.R. without pay five days for an anti-drug program violation. While the league didn’t say why, Yahoo! Sports and other sources reported that he had tested positive for using marijuana (for reference, a 20-game suspension is what you get for doping). At the time, Smith was recovering from a knee injury that incapacitated him in July, following being re-signed for a three-year, $17.9-million contract—clearly a well-reason investment.
Jan. 26, 2013: J.R. asks a female fan if she wants ‘the pipe’
The ticking time-bomb appeared to have attempted to engage with a female fan having less-than-savoury intentions. Ever the humble ego, he assumed that the fan was vying for his “pipe”—problem is that she was reportedly a high school senior, which we’ll hope J.R. had no idea about. She posted the interaction, and Smith followed up his earlier direct message by tweeting a picture of actual pipes.
May 25, 2012: Arrested in Miami for riding a scooter a year earlier
Smith was arrested by officers on Miami Beach after failing to show up in court for operating a motor scooter without a valid license back in 2011. While a scooter hardly seems like a threat to society, his license was suspended at the time as part of a sentence he had received when his reckless driving had killed his friend, Andre Bell, back in 2007.
March 8, 2012: J.R.’s $25,000 booty mistake
Smith tweeted a semi-nude photo of model Tahiry Jose, causing the NBA to fine him a cool 25 grand. He’s quoted as having said that he didn’t think it would be a big deal, but he did delete the post after it began causing an uproar. There’s speculation that Smith tweeted the photo in order to throw a jab at rapper Joe Budden, who had dated her for several years.