J.R. Smith Could Be In Trouble For Shoe Gaffe

Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

He may have been trying to be helpful, he may have been trying to be funny. He may have found his way into some completely unnecessary trouble.

Apparently untying the shoe of an opponent during foul shots is a big no-no as the NBA is investigating J.R. Smith for allegedly (I should say that for legal purposes) untying Shawn Marion’s shoe in just such a situation. It is worth noting that no player has ever been disciplined for anything like this, but how many times has this scenario played out?

Shoe-Gate, as I am deeming it, is a much bigger deal than it may seem, not because the transgression really deserves any attention whatsoever, but because it was J.R. As it was highlighted earlier, J.R.’s performance has been dreadful this season prompting some to call for a reduction in the NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year’s playing time. This type of action only solidifies those cries.

People are far more forgiving of, and are far more willing to turn a blind eye to, foolish behavior when you are productive and when your team is winning. When you do something like this one game after jacking up an ill advised shot with the game on the line the previous game, you get absolutely no forgiveness from the fan-base.

When Manny Ramirez was crushing homers out of Fenway Park “Manny being Manny” was a humorous sideshow to the games themselves, when he stopped producing he found himself in Hollywood very quickly batting for the Dodgers (which is exactly what he wanted, but that’s neither here nor there). If J.R. isn’t careful he will suffer the same fate. It was all fun and games last season when J.R. went on inappropriate twitter rants because he was producing and the team was winning, now he may find himself in the doghouse, or the out house, because he couldn’t resist the urge to play a prank mid-game.

Topics: J.R. Smith, New York Knicks

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  • Matt N

    J.R.’s behavior is so erratic and his personality so mercurial that sometimes I wonder whether he’s on drugs.

    • James McDermott

      He was suspended for drug use earlier this year. That mystery is solved. He’s just a clown.

      • Matt N

        lol well this I know, but I’m talking about drugs that aren’t marijuana.

  • doug

    Come on this is the big legues not the elementary school playground. Kids are looking up to you and copying your moves so set a good example.

    • James McDermott

      I agree with you but there’s a ton of bad examples playing pro ball in every sport today, he’s not the only one. We (and in this case, I) get on J.R. because he is not producing the way we know he is capable of. If J.R. didn’t have talent and acted as he does he’d have been out of the league years ago, people are far less tolerant don’t have ability.

  • James McDermott

    I am not writing a follow up to this article but apparently J.R. Did the same thing again tonight.