The NBA fined New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules, the league announced Friday.
The fine is a result of a Twitter exchange between Smith and Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings. Jennings began by taking a shot at Chris Smith, J.R.'s brother, for landing spot on the Knicks roster. J.R. Smith later seemed to threaten Jennings.
Before Thursday's game, Smith said he did not threaten Jennings, and claimed the two are friends.
It started with Jennings' Tweet: "RT @BrandonJennings: Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn't. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!"
Pooh Jeter and Bobby Brown are playing in China. That Tweet was subsequently deleted.
J.R. Smith responded: "No respect for these lil kids who pop at the mouth on twitter an then want to delete they tweets! #GrowUp! #ManUp! @TheOnlyCSmith0 #Facts!"
Smith later added: "Might call some of my Number street homies an put #Detroit on smash for a min!#DeadSerious- JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith)"