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Knicks J.R. Smith fined $50,000 for trying to untie players’ shoes

Jan 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

J.R. Smith got caught Sunday untying Shawn Marion’s shoe Sunday during the Knicks win over Dallas — watch the video above, where during Dirk Nowitzki’s free throws Smith bends over, pretends to check his own shoes and unties Marion’s.

He got a warning from the league but there was no fine for it. However our own Dan Feldman noted this was not the first time Smith pulled this trick — he did it to Dwight Howard the Friday before (then told the league Howard did it to him). And he tried to do it to Greg Monroe of the Pistons Tuesday night.

Wednesday the league offices had enough and fined Smith $50,000, officially for unsportsmanlike conduct.

That should get his attention. If you wonder why so much money (10 times to cost of two egregious flops) it’s because he defied a league warning. That and the league wanted to send a message to other guys around the league, lest this start to become a thing.

By the way, Smith gets fined a lot for interesting reasons.

  1. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    LOL at the headlining picture..Dude we all knew it was coming lol!

    • spthegr8 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      The Strippers & the Weed man in Ny are even more pissed then Jr is. How are they gonna pay their rent now???

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        I think you know exactly how they will make out, you strippers know how to hustle.
        I have all the confidence in you.
        Knock em dead!

      • spthegr8 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        I thought we agreed that, you wouldn’t tell anybody you saw me stripping if I, promised not to tell anybody you hang out @ Male strip clubs..????

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:54 AM

        SP with the greatest comeback in PBT history!!! L M A OOOOO

    • RavenzGunnerz - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Serial shoe untyer

    • muhangis - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      He was not trying to untie his shoe. A fan had yelled out “untie his shoe”, and Smith was playing to that and obviously was pretending through this gesture.

      Kurt Helin, I swear what is it with you dishonest reporters and these intentionally misleading headlines that you KNOW is misleading? “….fined $50,000 for ‘TRYING’ to untie” .. it was all PRETEND you idiot!

      • muhangis - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        However you fail to mention that information in here.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        You may be the only person on the planet thinking it was pretend. The league office didn’t.

  2. moseskkim - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    50K, pretty sure it got his attention.. stiff penalty but thats what you get when you act STUPID

  3. davidly - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    A simple tech would’ve sufficed.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I don’t trust the ref’s, they are crooked and blind.
      What can you do.

  4. kinglorious - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM


  5. djlexluger - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    A fine for untying shoes?

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      if Jordan did this they would say it was gamesmanship.
      but why the heck did he do that last night.
      Ron Artest has to straighten him out.

  6. drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    They should offer to give him back the $50K if he can TIE his own shoes.

    • moseskkim - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM


    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I heard you have shoes with straps.
      come on man!

      • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        I thought they banned shoe laces in NYC since the Irabu incident ?

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Commendable that you support your team. Stupid, but commendable.

  7. indrathegod - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Of course he was fined. Not only it is unsportsmanlike, it has the potential to hurt someone. Period. Hopefully he matures and finds something better to do than untying shoes, like get back to his old form.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      relax, it’s a game.
      WTF is wrong with you ?

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        27 thumbs down to 2 thumbs up. You lose!

    • spursareold - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      If killing your bestie doesn’t straighten you up and put you on the grownup path, nothing will.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:13 AM

        Damn……you went there!

  8. seanb20124 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Tax deductible I am guessing

    • bougin89 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      It’s money withheld from his paycheck. It’s not taxed and it’s not tax deductible, it’s simply money not earned.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I hope.

  9. stayhigh_247 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Dude needs to grow up

  10. 5xchamp24 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Fine him $10 million for stupidity and maybe that will get his attention

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      this is stupid.
      may god forgive you.

  11. livingsacrifice86 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    How long before we can stop saying “he needs to grow up”? Dude is just immature, period.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      evilempire didn’t see this comment. I’m gonna thumbs it down for him. Wee-wee!

  12. ancientcougar - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Maybe he should be paid $100,000 for being able to tie his own shoes(lol).

  13. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Coach Woodson also bears blame. He should have taken him aside and told him aside and gotten the message across to him not to worry so much about what the league will do but what he (Coach) will do to him as well. This team is not ridging so high on wins and skills that there is time for this nonsense.

    Knicks are trying to figure out a way to win games, stop clowning and play ball man. Just play ball.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      yeah, he got away with it the first time now it cost you 50 large.
      say what you want, I love him and so does his teammates.

  14. vikesdynasty - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Good he’s a moron.

  15. spursareold - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Want a good laugh? Check in on JR Smith in 10 years. He’ll have burnt through all of his money and be a vagrant on the street.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Not if he invests in the cannabis industry.

  16. ufools - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I can’t believe people are defending him and saying the find wasn’t warranted. It is completely unprofessional. You’d be fired for pulling that crap in the real world.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Who’s defending him besides some evil worshipper?

  17. 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    Who benefited the most from JR’s big payday?……………The NBA, that’s who!

    Not his brother, not his friends, family, and leeches….The N B A. Cha-chinggg$$$

  18. vikingapologist - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    He stinks, thug luv! Kan we all agree

  19. vikingapologist - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    He stinks, thug luv! Kan we all agree

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