The New York Knicks will be without J.R. Smith for one game after the oft-controversial star was handed a single game suspension for striking Washington Wizards' Glen Rice Jr. in the groin during Tuesday night's match up.
Smith is never too far from trouble it seems and this latest stunt from the shooting guard will reportedly set him back $54,385 in lost wages as he sits out the Knicks' upcoming contest against the 0-3 Detroit Pistons.
While previous misdemeanours have been more blatant, this cheap shot which came during the second half was not adjudged a foul on Smith's part during the contest - Rice Jr. was actually called for a foul on the play as the Knicks man attempted to make his way to the basket.
The NBA though have taken a dim view of the incident, which can be seen via this link, moving swiftly to hand J.R. Smith another sanction. Some have since questioned whether his reputation proceeded him in this instance with the video evidence failing to prove whether the low blow was intentional.
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke in the summer about how J.R. Smith's on-court antics reminded him of former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman but it is unlikely Jackson or head coach Derrick Fisher will be to happy with the player's latest headline grabbing play.
With rumors of a trade away from the franchise for Smith already doing the round this sort of ill-discipline isn't going to convince those in charge that keeping him and his $6.4 million 2014-15 contract makes sense.
That big money contract has at least come in useful for Smith since he linked up with the Knicks in 2012. Since arriving in New York has amassed over $100,000 in fines from the NBA as well as missing seven games through suspension.
His infamous untying of opponent's shoe laces may be most well known but the veteran has also been suspended for; violating the NBA's anti-drug policy prior to last season as well as elbowing Jason Terry during the playoff's last year.
Fines meanwhile have come for everything from posting inappropriate pictures to his Twitter account, flopping, and sending "hostile tweets" to fellow NBA players.
You might not like J.R. Smith but you cannot deny the man knows how to maintain in the public's attention.
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