Posted September 06, 2013

NBA suspends Knicks’ J.R. Smith five games for anti-drug program violation

Ben Golliver, J.R. Smith, New York Knicks
Knicks guard J.R. Smith won the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year award. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

Knicks guard J.R. Smith won the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year award. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

The NBA announced Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for five games without pay in response to a violation of the league’s anti-drug program.

The league did not specify how Smith violated the program, however Yahoo! Sports reported that Smith “tested positive for marijuana.” A player who tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs receives a 20-game suspension for his first violation. A third failed marijuana test would trigger an automatic five-game suspension.

Smith, 27, was named the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year after averaged a career-high 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season. He is currently recovering from a July surgery on his left knee. Per league rules, his suspension will begin “with the first game of the 2013-14 season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

The Knicks re-signed Smith to a three-year, $17.9 million contract this summer. He is on the books for $5.6 million in 2013-14; a five-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $253,000.

RELATED: J.R. Smith Says Paul Pierce will ‘pay’ for comments

This isn’t the first time Smith has been sanctioned by the NBA. His previous suspensions include: 10 games in 2006 for his role in an on-court fight and seven games in 2009 in response to a guilty plea in a reckless driving incident. He was also suspended for three games by the Nuggets in 2007 for his role in an incident at a Denver nightclub.

In addition, Smith drew a $5,000 fine from the NBA for flopping during the 2013 playoffs and a $25,000 fine in 2012 for posting an inappropriate photograph of a woman to his Twitter account.

New York is set to host Milwaukee for its regular season opener on Oct. 30, but it’s not yet clear when Smith’s knee will be good to go.

Blazers guard Terrel Harris was suspended for five games for an anti-drug program violation back in August.

16 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

How stoned was he when he decided those tattoos would look good?

Nosstii
Nosstii

Maybe he was in Denver hanging with some of the Nuggets? Staying away from those nightclubs of course...  Weed is legal in Colorado now.. So they're going to be suspended for responsibly indulging on a substance no more dangerous than alcohol? I'm all for banning performance enhancing drugs.. but to suspend him for smoking weed.. in the offseason none the less... ridiculous..  

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

someone tell this over hyped j*g he can't make Pierce "pay" for anything since he is OFF the court...again. 

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

I never would have guessed that.  He looks like a model citizen.

paulrifkin
paulrifkin

Who would've thunk J.R. was a stoner?

Name five NBA players who don't smoke dope

and I will assure you you don't know what you

are talking about.

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

AH! Pathetic trash, waste of oxygen.

chipdavis
chipdavis

And who didn't know he was stoned out of his mind when he stated they were going to the finals? Or his play in last years play offs? What a dumb a$$

TimCunningham
TimCunningham

@Nosstii no weed is not legal in colorado yet and JR smith has failed numerous tests in the past, which is why he was suspended for 5 games, read the article in its entirety before you start spouting off at the mouth

M20
M20

@Sulkaman Why? Because he has tattoos? There are plenty of people who are tatted up who either are actually model citizens, or didn't used to be when they got inked, but have since changed their ways. People shouldn't be drawing conclusions about others based on things like this.

M20
M20

@paulrifkin There are plenty of NBA players who don't smoke. But JR Smith is definitely not one of them.

eddie767
eddie767

@ReadyOwens Considering what you posted above,you have some nerve commenting about someone else. Just quit while u r ahead.

ReadyOwens
ReadyOwens

@eddie767 @ReadyOwens LOL! What exactly are you attempting to say? Black millionaire = Losing? Coming from nothing = winning to me. Especially knowing where J.R. is from, growing up in the same area as he did and seeing all the people that never made it out, I consider him a winner. Sorry if you can't relate.