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J.R. Smith Tweets ‘Betrayal’ Pic Before Knicks Waive Brother

J.R. Smith (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks guard J.R. Smith is either upset with his team or just enjoys posting memes on social media.

Maybe a little of both.

Chris Smith, J.R.’s younger brother, was officially waived by the Knicks on Tuesday to free up a roster spot for D-Leaguer Jeremy Tyler. As reports of the pending move trickled in Monday, J.R. Smith posted an image on Twitter and Instagram from the movie “Casino” with the caption: “You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy.”

J.R. Smith has made headlines — and been fined — for sticking up for Chris in the past.

“I’m always in trouble with Twitter,” Smith said in November after the league slapped him with a $25,000 fine for tweeting “hostile and inappropriate language” toward Brandon Jennings after the Detroit Pistons guard criticized his brother. “I don’t know what it is. Trying to shake it.”

Smith was fined the same amount in 2012 for posting a risque picture on Twitter.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said during the preseason that being J.R. Smith’s brother would be a factor in Chris’ chances at cracking the Knicks roster. Some have speculated that Chris Smith’s roster spot was essentially secured when J.R. re-signed with the Knicks in July.

Chris Smith has only played in two games this season at a minute apiece.

The Knicks are tied for last in the Atlantic Division at 9-21.

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