Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against he Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
If you follow J.R. Smith on Twitter, you know what he's up to most of the time. So, if you are indeed a follower, you're aware that our friend Earl flew to Miami Beach yesterday, checked in to the Fountainebleu Hotel, and watched a bunch of King of Queens, like anybody would. After that, there was a pretty big gap between tweets, which is most unusual for Mr. Smith. According to an NBC New York report found via Jamie O'Grady, that appears to be because he got himself arrested:
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was arrested in Miami Beach Thursday night on a warrant for no valid driver's license, jail records showed.
The 26-year-old, whose real name is Earl Joseph Smith, was arrested around 9 p.m., Miami Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said.
Smith was booked into jail just before midnight, records showed.
Smith has a pretty extensive history of automobile incidents, so it makes sense that he might be in a weird situation with his license wherein driving a car isn't the most...legal thing in the world. Again, thanks to his Twitter, we know he gets himself driven most places during the season. Given that there was a warrant, maybe this was a thing from a while ago. If that's the case, it's possible that Smith's rampant tweeting is what tipped police off that he'd returned to Florida. (Worth it. The people need to know how great King of Queens is.) Then again, he just spent a solid week in Miami during the playoffs, and I don't recall anyone coming to get him then (WAIT, maybe that's why Mike Woodson gave him so much playing time! They can't arrest him while he's on the court! Isn't that how things work?).
Anyway, this is a vague report and it's hard to know what exactly came of it, but Smith did retweet a couple people later on in the night, so hopefully he's out. (Or maybe you're forbidden from tweeting in jail, but you are allowed to retweet? That would seem fair to me). I hope everything's cool and everyone is safe and that J.R.'s not in too much trouble and will stay on the good side of the law forever. And if you need a driver, man, just ask. Anytime. You'd have to fly me down to Miami, though.
Update: A few more details from ESPN NY. Smith was indeed out on a bond late last night/early this morning and was arrested
during a traffic stop just walkin' around.