After shooting his mouth off over the course of the past couple of weeks, many expected New York Knicks’ swingman J.R. Smith to possibly be suspended for his comments directed at Brooklyn Nets’ forward Paul Pierce.
That suspension looks like it is coming, but it has nothing to do with Smith shooting his mouth off.
According to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, the NBA is expected to hand Smith a five-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.
J.R. Smith is expected to be suspended five games for violating the drug policy, the Daily News has learned
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 6, 2013
Isola also goes on to say that Smith did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug and that the five-game suspension would suggest a positive marijuana test and that the NBA is expected to make a formal announcement either late Friday or Monday.
It’s worth noting that the NBA’s drug policy calls for a suspension only after a third positive test.
Smith likely won’t be active for opening day after undergoing knee surgery just days after signing a three-year deal to remain in the Big Apple so you have to believe the suspension will begin when he is healthy and ready to go.
He is no stranger to suspensions from the league as Smith has already been suspended a total 17 games by the NBA during his time with the Denver Nuggets. In 2006 he was suspended 10 games for his involvement in a brawl against the Knicks. Then in August 2009, Smith was suspended seven games after he pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge for a 2007 auto accident that resulted in the death of a passenger.
It has gotten to the point that we are awaiting almost daily to see what idiotic thing Smith can do next to hurt his team.
Since finishing the regular season strong and capturing the Sixth Man of the Year Award, it has been months filled with head scratching moments for Smith that includes a selfish elbow to the head of Jason Terry that got him suspended in the playoffs; some of the worst basketball of his career upon his return; partying late at night before a day game; running his mouth about any and everything he can; and now a suspension for drugs.
One thing is crystal clear when it comes to Smith- he is out of control.
Someone has to put a leash on him as he is doing nothing to help this team and could end up being the sole reason for its downfall.
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