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Knicks J.R. Smith arrested while in South Beach

May 25, 2012, 9:55 AM 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

The Knicks J.R. Smith was arrested in South Beach when the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over by officers and they discovered an outstanding bench warrant for not having a valid driver’s license.

There are not a lot of details, but according to the Associated Press Smith was in a car driving through the heart of South Beach in Miami when the car was pulled over. A routine background check of everyone in the car revealed the bench warrant for Smith for previously having driven without a license. He was arrested and taken to the Miami-Dade county jail. He has since been released on bond.

Smith is a free agent right now but was considering picking up his $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next season. If not, the gunner used as a sixth man both in Denver and New York could test the free agent market. During the lockout Smith played in China.

His father encouraged him to pick up the New York option and said his son was “broke.”

  1. jobotjones - May 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    “Police searched the entire vehicle but his 3-point shot could not be found anywhere…”

  2. cantonbound13 - May 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Might be a good idea not to test free agency this year after his poor playoff performance & now this arrest.

  3. bjtmeyer - May 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    This guy sure is smart in how to save money. What a joke that is.

    • bjtmeyer - May 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      in knowing how to save money.* I wish this thing had an edit button. :)

  4. seanb20124 - May 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    1 down, 1999 to go. Arrests this weekend in Miami

    • southbeachtalent - May 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      you know it. It’s urban week..

  5. baron30 - May 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    the one good thing that this guy did do was paying his brother Chirs’ tuition at Louisville, since they didnt have a scholarship to offer when he transferred

  6. imforbigblue - May 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Just kills me how these losers make millions and there broke. I make $50,000 a year and have four kids and I’m not broke SMH

  7. southbeachtalent - May 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Tourists, word of advise. Stay away from South Beach this weekend!

  8. d214tx - May 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Damn you make 50,000 my dad makes around 38000 a year and I just started a job after high school and were definetly not poor. I guess you have to learn the value of money.

  9. unfortunatelyavikingsfan - May 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Apparently he attended the Allen Iverson school of economics. The CBA should contain a provision that mandates 50% of every player’s salary be placed into an account they cannot touch until they turn 40. I can’t get over how stupid these kids are.

  10. knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    He’ll be back with the Knicks next season because no other team will want him.

  11. lmvs2012 - May 26, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Honestly ya’ll dis guy can make shots…but other than that this guy is horrible specially wen it comes to “D” this dude makes foul too much & and too amature never learn..period!

  12. abchome - May 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    “Young Rich” is not so young and not so rich now…

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