In Twitter Battle, J.R. Says He Was Defending Brother, Hasn’t Heard From NBA

Adam Zagoria

J.R. Smith says he hasn’t yet heard from the NBA regarding his alleged Twitter threat of Brandon Jennings and that he was simply “tired of people picking on your little brother,” Chris, who made the Knicks’ roster as the 15th man out of training camp.

The NBA is reportedly investigating the incident but before the game against the Rockets, Smith said he hadn’t heard from them.

“No,” he said. “Not as yet.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson did speak with Smith, who has had several previous Twitter-related problems during his time with the Knicks.

“My whole thing with that is if you’re going to tweet, tweet something positive,” Woodson said.

The coach added that he might institute a no-Tweeting policy for his players during the season, but that seems unlikely.

Smith appeared to threaten Jennings via Twitter when he said he would send his “street homies” to Detroit, where Jennings plays for the Pistons.

“Threaten, no,” Smith said Thursday. “There’s a way to threaten somebody and that’s not the way to publicly threaten somebody.”

Smith said he was simply defending Chris, who was the subject of Jennings’ mini-tirade with this Tweet”

“Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”

J.R. said that he is tired of people picking on his little brother and simply wanted to stick up for him.

“It happens every day, people criticizing my brother,” Smith said. “Talking about what he deserves and what he doesn’t deserve. I think he works hard for he does, and whoever doesn’t like it, they don’t like it.”

Still, Smith said he’s cool with Jennings and knows him from his time in Los Angeles, and he hopes they continue to be friendly.

“We had a pretty good relationship before this and hopefully continue it after,” Smith said.

This isn’t the first time, Smith has gotten in trouble on Twitter.

He was fined $25,000  in 2012 for posting a picture of a scantily clad woman.

“I’m always getting in trouble with Twitter,” he said. “I dont’ know what it is, I’m trying to shake it.”

He said he had been off Twitter for a while before this latest incident and joked that he might just give it up again.

“I was more of an Instagram person,” he said. “I think I might go back to instagram instead of Twitter.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.