Leave it to J.R. Smith to start yet another problem for the NBA. The New York Knicks‘ shooting guard was fined once again on Friday and this time the crime involves social media — Twitter to be exact. After Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings took a shot at Smith’s brother, J.R. responded by issuing a series of tweets Jennings’ way with all of them containing some sort of threat.
Of course, NBA commissioner David Stern had to step in and did so by fining Smith a total of $25K for “directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account.” With fines being levied toward NBA players left and right due to twitter altercations, it’s the perfect time to ask what these professional athletes gain from tweeting? The answer to that question is absolutely nothing.
Matt Barnes, Jennings and especially Smith are all casting a dark shadow on the NBA and it’s time for someone to step in and force these superstars to delete their toxic accounts — at least while the season is in play. At the end of the day; the drama belongs on the court and not on the internet.