J.R. Smith Refuses to Get Fined by the League, Will Cover Up Tattoo
This may be the most J.R. Smith storyline since the last most J.R. Smith storyline.
Over the offseason, Smith got himself a new tattoo on his calf. The tattoo read “SUPREME”, which just happens to be a massive American clothing brand. On Saturday, news broke that the NBA plans on fining Smith for each game he plays with the tattoo exposed on his leg as it is a violation of league policy, which prohibits players from displaying commercial logos or corporate insignia on any part of their bodies while on the floor.
Uninterested in paying constant fines, Smith decided to wave the white flag.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers played their first preseason game on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, Smith covered the tattoo with a calf sleeve.
“I’m not giving them money that could go to my kids,” Smith told ESPN. “I was looking into (my rights), but the players’ association just texted me, and you know what? I’m not going to put money in their pockets. Not a chance.”
Smith claims he does not have an endorsement deal in place with SUPREME.
“It was just something that I wanted to do,” he said. “There’s a lot of other things going on in this world (the league) could be worried about besides a tattoo, but it’s their league. They can do what they want.”
Now, the only thing to do is to wait for the next most J.R. Smith storyline.