Here’s a shocker for you sports fans – J.R. Smith has been suspended for five games by the NBA for violating the league’s drug policy. I know, I can’t believe it either. But all joking aside, is this guy ever going to get his head on straight? Seriously, what is it going to take for him to just straighten up and fly right?
To be fair, this is his first drug-related suspension. But at the same time, it’s certainly not the first occasion where Smith has failed to use his head and let better judgement prevail. He was jailed 90-days back in 2009 for causing an accident that led to the death of a passenger in his car. The NBA subsequently suspended him for nine games. He was also banned for 10 games in 2006 for his role in an on-court brawl and three games in 2007 following a nightclub incident.
Off the court troubles aside, Smith’s back-and-forth battles with former coach George Karl are also well documented. The future hall of fame coach repeatedly became disgusted with Smith during their time together in Denver, basically because Smith routinely made bone-head plays and decisions.
The veteran guard finally seemed to find his niche with the New York Knicks last season, as he won his first ever major individual award – Sixth Man of the Year. But in true Smith fashion, he couldn’t get it together in the playoffs when it counted most. There were even allegations from pop star Rihanna that Smith was out partying during the Knicks’ run. ‘His a** be hungover from clubbing every night during playoffs,’ she said on Instagram.
I hate to drag players through the mud, but there’s nothing about Smith’s behavior over his career that’s leads me to believe he’s just going start acting differently all of a sudden. I hope this latest suspension will finally get the message across that he’s been given a great gift many would die for.