Every year at the NFL Rookie Symposium, former head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards addresses the crowd on various topics. One of those for the past few years has been about the use of social media – especially Twitter. As the majority of you reading this know, Twitter is the most used social network by athletes and it can be a good thing as they are able to connect with fans. But as Edwards famously says, “Think before you hit send.”
J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, formerly of the Denver Nuggets, received a tweet from a fan which he retweeted to his 209,000 followers that said:
@T_Humphrey34: @TheRealJRSmith Crazy how different things can be when you play for a coach, team, and city who believes in you and has your back..”
Okay so it wasn’t THAT bad, but it still raised eyebrows.
Smith also took to his Instagram account (teamswish) to upload a picture of himself in a Nuggets jersey and Knicks jersey. In the picture, Smith posted the caption, “#2DifferentPeople, #InTheSamePerson.”
Smith, who never quite lived up to his potential in Denver, had a not so secret shaky relationship with Nuggets Head Coach George Karl during his time in Denver. Since signing with the Knicks, Smith has rejuvenated his career. He became the first Knick to score 25 points in four straight games off of the bench since 1970.
Smith is currently average 16.5 points and 33 minutes per game for the Knicks, both current career highs. For the Nuggets, Smith’s best scoring year came in 2009-2010 where he averaged 15.4 points per game.
Smith took to his Twitter account to clear the air: