Knicks guard JR Smith fined $25,000 for tweets at Brandon Jennings

Friday November 15th, 2013

J.R. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his left knee. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images) Knicks guard J.R. Smith is averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game this season. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

New York Knicks guard JR Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing hostile and inappropriate language to Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings via his Twitter account, the league announced.

On Wednesday, Jennings sent this tweet, which was later deleted: "Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn't. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!"

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Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his "street homies" to Detroit. Smith also wrote that he had "no respect" for Jennings.

"Threaten? No. There's a way to threaten somebody, and that's not the way to publicly threaten somebody," Smith said Thursday before his team's game against the Houston Rockets. "It's not that serious. I go to L.A. in the summertime and see him all the time ... I don't know how it got this blow out of proportion.
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