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Knicks’s J.R. Smith fined $25,000 for tweeting picture of woman

Mar 10, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

J.R Smith can get in trouble anywhere, not just China.

Thursday J.R. Smith tweeted a picture of a scantily clad woman — model Tahiry Jose in a thong, with Smith commenting on the view of her backside — from his hotel room in Milwaukee. He took it down not long after, but that’s just not now the Internet works — once it’s out there it is out there and this photo and discussion showed up everywhere including Deadspin. Controversy ensued.

Saturday, the NBA VP Stu Jackson announced the league fined Smith $25,000 for posting “inappropriate pictures” on his twitter account.

Friday night Smith admitted posting the photo was not his smartest move ever.

“I didn’t know it was going to be as big deal as it is now,” Smith said after the Knicks’ loss at Milwaukee on Friday. “I definitely regret it. It takes away from our team. Anytime I do anything that takes away from our team, I’m definitely going to regret it.”

Now it’s also taking away from his wallet.

Smith signed to play in China during the lockout but incurred an estimated $1 million in fines with his team there (he made $3 million). Upon his return he signed with the Knicks, and while the transition has not been perfect he’s a long way from reaching the same level of fines he did in China. But this is a start.

  1. bearsstillsuck - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    If I was a douche with a twitter account, I’d “follow” him.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      apparently you’re one without a twitter account

    • KIR - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      I’m just glad he did tweet a picture of his sisters scantily clad backside

  2. dgbk - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    burrrrrrrrnn….. well on to the article glad to see smith focused on the playoff run while the picture was very nice wat did he think it will lead to he works for the NBA im sure they have a moral code etc etc if they want you to wear a suit on the sidelines and not any ole thing….. bad move i am linsapointed

  3. jmig320 - Mar 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Wasn’t it punishment enough for him to be with a woman from milwaukee? No need for the fine.

  4. gohometrolls - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM


  5. 00maltliquor - Mar 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Daaayumm, I didn’t know they grew ’em like that in Milwaukee!

  6. losangelasbasketball - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Its a black thing…

  7. 700levelvet - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Was it his sister? She’s got a fat everything……

  8. jimeejohnson - Mar 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    How did he rack up a million bucks in fines: must’ve brought that arrogant New Yawk a-hole attitude with him to China.

  9. md23rewlz - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    With the way the Knicks are sliding back into the muddled failure that we all know and love them for, maybe taking attention away from the team is a good thing.

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