Report: NBA Could Punish J.R. Smith For Sneaker Shenanigans

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith is in hot water with the NBA — again.

The league is looking into Smith’s actions in Sunday’s win over Dallas and could slap him with some form of punishment for untying Shawn Marion’s shoe during a Mavericks free-throw attempt, according to the New York Post.

“A source said no player has ever been disciplined for such a bizarre transgression,” the Post reported.

Smith was subbed in with 2:08 left in the first half and promptly bent over to yank on the laces of Marion, who re-tied his shoe after the Knicks’ ensuing possession.

Smith touched on Sneaker-gate during a Twitter spree Monday:

The 28-year-old has been disciplined by the league in the past for no-nos ranging from ill-advised tweets to drug policy violations.

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  1. Jsdesrosiers says:

    Sent from my Samsung smartphone on AT&T

  2. richbertin says:

    Reblogged this on Starks Raving Mad and commented:
    Man, JR really is having a long year. There are two sides of thought on his shoe-gate shenanigans.

    1) It was a strategic move no different than Dwayne Wade tossing a shoe into the stands done to give his team a small edge on the next play. Something more akin to flopping where its nothing to be proud about, but is accepted as part of highly charged competition.

    2) It was an illegal move that posed a risk of serious injury to the opposing player. Anyone that’s ever played a game of pickup-ball knows how dangerous having untied laces is when running through traffic. If Marion would have hurt himself, it wouldn’t just be JR held liable for his nefarious move, it would also be the Knicks that would be punished as well.

    I certainly don’t think JR meant for anything like that to happen. Then again, JR doesn’t think about anything, which is an issue that’s plagued him his entire career. For that reason, I don’t have any issue with the league investigating the incident. If he is punished, it would be the first time this year he’s been reprimanded. Sadly, I lost any hope of Woodson being a voice of reason, so for that reason I think a fine is perfectly in order. Maybe it will even teach him something.

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