J.R. Smith and the New York Knicks: From Linsanity to Sinsanity

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Wayne TestoriCorrespondent IIMarch 13, 2012

Lately, any headline involving the New York Knicks has centered on the incredible play of Jeremy Lin.

Well, in life, all good things must come to an end.  And by referring to the word “end” I am in no way using it as a pun to foreshadow what lies ahead in this story.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but is one really worth a $25,000 fine? 

It is if you are J.R. Smith. The National Basketball Association came down hard on the New York Knicks guard for posting a picture of his gal pal Tahiry Jones' thong-sporting derriere on his Twitter page.

J.R. has quickly learned that NBA does not stand for “National Booty Association.”

Some would cry foul with the league's decision to play moral arbitrator, saying the politically correct pendulum has once again swung too far in one direction.  Apparently, the NBA has an issue with scantily clad women in suggestive poses. 

Thank goodness every team's cheer-leading squads are properly covered up.   I’m no fashion expert, but I’m not getting any kind of puritanical vibe from a group of gyrating women wearing thigh-hugging shorts and tight-fitting Spandex tops.

If the NBA is really serious about handing out fines on the basis of bad judgment, then every team owner and member of the players association should be fined for costing fans half of the season.

Many feel Mr. Smith should appeal his fine to the Supreme Court.  In theory, I applaud this idea, but then J.R. would have to deal with something far more offensive than a supposedly "suggestive" picture on Twitter—the legal system.

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