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League investigating twitter “threat” from J.R. Smith to Brandon Jennings

Nov 15, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Brandon Jennings took to twitter to fire a shot at Chris Smith being on the Knicks roster (he’s not alone), a tweet he has since deleted. J.R. Smith came to his defense.

And suddenly we had a twitter feud.

But did Smith cross the line in this? One of his tweets said he would send his “street homies” in Detroit in a way that suggested he wanted them to… confront Jennings. We’ll go with confront. The league is investigating, reports

J.R. Smith said on Thursday night that he didn’t mean to threaten Jennings with his tweet.

“Threaten? No. There’s a way to threaten somebody, and that’s not the way to publicly threaten somebody,” Smith said before tipoff of the Knicks-Rockets game Thursday night.

He added that he and Jennings are friendly and have played basketball together during the offseason in Los Angeles.

I’d say this was harmless banter, but in a league highly protective of its image — and is particularly sensitive to anything you might attach the label “thug” to — it could mean a fine is coming for Smith.

Smith has been back three games from an offseason that saw knee surgery (which he didn’t get until after he signed a new three-year deal with the Knicks) followed by a five-game drug suspension to start the season. He is shooting just 25.7 percent so far as he tries to find the groove that led him to the Sixth Man of the Year award last year.

  1. phillysports1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Where I come from that sound like a threat to me . Obviously JR was real upset by his following tweets .

  2. weaselpuppy - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Stay thugtastic, NBA.

  3. philly4lyfe - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    this is what can happen when keepin it real goes wrong.

    • valeb2012 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      In the immortal words of Chris Rock, “Real dumb.”

  4. johngalt1783 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I didn’t know there was anyone left in Detroit to send?

  5. illegalblues - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    JR Smith, never change. always makes me feel so much better about myself.

  6. xli2006 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    6 Knicks related articles in a row. Keep up the good work PBT.

    Last year the Lakers were your less-than-great team to overexpose and I guess this year its the Knicks.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      You say that, but whenever PBT decides to go more than 3 days without a Knicks article, Knicks fans start popping up on articles about other teams, whining that “Kurt is showing his bias by not talking about the Knicks.”

      It’s lose-lose.

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