Think of all the different reasons you’ve lost $50,000 in one shot in your lifetime. Well, maybe you never have, because you’ve never had $50,000 at one time to lose—or at least $50,000 you could ever afford to lose even under the worst circumstances.
Then think about this: on Wednesday, the Knicks’ J.R. Smith was fined $50,000 for, as the NBA said, “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct.”
Specifically, he untied a player’s shoes during a game. Then, in the next game … he untied another player’s shoes. Here’s the first incident of it – watch him do it, and then halfway through and again at the end, watch Dallas’ Shawn Marion stop to try to re-tie his laces.
That’s why J.R. Smith is handing over $50,000 today. Not because of a bad investment. Not because he was robbed or swindled. Not because he was behind in alimony or child support or a house note. BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE UNTYING SOMEONE’S SHOES DURING A GAME. TWICE.
That’s the proverbial sign from God that you have too much money.
It’s also a sign that there is nobody in his life that he respects enough to listen to. It’s hard to even laugh at him and his antics anymore. He’s 28 years old. If he’s not old enough to know better, he’s old enough to know that $50,000 doesn’t fall out of the sky whenever you want it to.
He’s already been fined $25,000 this season for, in the league’s eyes, threatening Brandon Jennings over a nondescript joke about his brother and teammate, Chris Smith.
He also began the season with a five-game suspension for a marijuana violation – two months after signing a new $17 million contract.
Now, that’s some ass-backwards ‘ish.
J.R. Smith fined again, is a clear sign that he doesn’t care about money.
Hopefully, someone cares enough about J.R. Smith to make him care about … something.
Besides the chuckles that come from untying someone’s shoes in an NBA game.