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Saturday, November 22, 2014

J.R. Smith Tweets Using Gang Writing Like He’s a Blood

jr-smith-gang-signsThe reason why this story caught my attention is because it’s a follow-up to something we covered during the playoffs. If you’ll remember correctly, we posted a video of J.R. Smith flashing the letter “B” after draining three-pointers against the Lakers in the playoffs. I thought J.R. Smith was flashing gang signs at the time but I didn’t jump to conclusions. Now, as the Denver Post points out (via the Orlando Sentinel), it appears as if J.R. Smith types in gang-writing:

Several recent posts by Smith on his page — twitter.com/jr_smith1 — are written in a way that is commonly associated with the Bloods street gang.
Words that would have a “C” in them are replaced with “K,” or if a word has both in them, the “C” is removed altogether.

On a post Sunday, Smith exclaimed “Vegas here I kome!” Last week he wrote that he “Kant wait to get bak in the swing of things.”

A post last week, upon his release from jail, caused an online debate among Denver Post readers about the topic. Smith, at the time, thanked his fans and wrote, “I just Kame home. . . . I kouldnt have done it with out yall.”

OK, the first time we saw it things were questionable. Now pairing the two items together and I think we’re looking at more than a coincidence. I’m not saying you have to kick the guy out of the league or suspend him, but you know this is the exact kind of article that will make David Stern crap his pants. It also seems like Twitter is getting athletes in trouble more than it’s actually helping them. How long before the leagues ban them all together? As for J.R., I’ve maintained for quite some time that he’s a flake. His actions (regardless of whether or not he’s a member) confirm that.



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