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NBA Fines Knicks’ J.R. Smith $25,000 Over Inappropriate Tweet

J.R. SmithNew York Knicks’ J.R. Smith has got himself in hot water again because of his Twitter account. The NBA has fined the guard $25,000 for directing inappropriate and antagonistic language at Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Jennings, the league announced Friday.

On Wednesday, Jennings tweeted but later deleted: “Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”

J.R. Smith responded with a tweet of his own saying he has “no respect” for Jennings and that he was going to send his “street homies” to Detroit, to approach Jennings.

Smith said Thursday night that he was defending his younger brother, Knicks guard Chris Smith, and didn’t really threaten Jennings.

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

This is the second time J.R. Smith has gotten into trouble on Twitter. In March 2012, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for posting “inappropriate pictures” of his then-model girlfriend at the time, Tahiry Jose.

“I’m always in trouble with Twitter,” Smith said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m trying to shake it.”

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