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New York Knicks Guard J.R Smith Is Fined Whopping $50,000 For Untying Opponent's Shoelaces Prank

New York Knicks Guard J.R Smith Is Fined Whopping $50,000 For Untying Opponent's Shoelaces Prank

It has not been a good week for New York Knicks’ J.R Smith after his latest controversy saw him fined $50,000 by the NBA.

Reason for the hefty sanction? Repeatedly attempting to untie opponent’s shoelaces.

Seriously.

The Knicks guard made headlines last week for the dumb last second play which cost his team a win against the Houston Rockets.

The fine is for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” – more specifically two instances where he tried to untie the shoelaces of the Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Marion on Saturday and Detroit Pistons’ Greg Monroe on Tuesday.

We saw the funny side of it all – but Knicks head coach Mike Woodson didn’t.

He said: “I’ve always said I don’t condone things that I know you shouldn’t do.

“No, I’m not happy about this. He was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, it’s not right.

“I just got the information, I’m going to address it [Thursday] when he comes in here for work.

“It’s unacceptable. It really is. It’s unprofessional. That’s the only word I can use. … You can’t do that. You just cannot do it. … At the end of the day, he’s got to grow up. These things have got to stop.”

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