Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 2:31 pm  |  33 responses

Denver’s Smith and Phoenix’s Richardson suspended

The NBA announced today that J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets has been suspended without pay for seven games for pleading guilty to reckless driving and Jason Richardson of the Phoenix Suns has been suspended without pay for two games for pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Brought to you by KIA, an official sponsor of the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I honestly do want JR Smith to win an award that comes with a complimentary car.

  • Jer Boi

    yikes seven games without a real starting shooting guard for denver

  • Remo Williams

    idiots should have been suspended at least 15 games. i guess no one will care untill one of these athletes kills an innocent person……….again.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Birdman startin at the 2 spot.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Free JR.

  • Ken

    I agree, these morons need to be suspended longer. JR killed a guy for god’s sake, and it’s not like these are first offenses for these guys.

  • Double J

    Ummm… ok so J-Rich was driving drunk and JR was just driving recklessly? Yet JR gets the harsher punishment? I just don’t get this. I put Drunk Driving as a more severe crime than reckless driving, a kid can get reckless driving for gunning through a red light.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Double J your an idiot. It dosent really matter what terms the law uses. Driving dunk and not killing anyone is a les serious offense than driving sober and killing someone.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    These cats just dont get it…..

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I don’t think Double J KNOWS that JR’s “reckless” driving wound up “killing” his friend.

  • Kadavour

    These fellas should be benched without pay AND perform community service until the All-Star break. They are in the public eye, they are role models and they HAVE to set better examples.

  • http://www.infamousklav.blogspot.com Klav

    i can’t help but laugh. they get paid millions to act a fool? ridiculous. they should have a 1 on 1 dunk contest judged by david stern to see who gets which suspension, the loser getting the 7 days. lol, okay im jk but they’re both dumb for driving like idiots. J-Rich going like 40mph over the speed limit with his son w/out a car seat? i swear these guys didnt graduate high school.

  • bakers’ dozen

    For the record, the mother of the deceased did not press charges against JR. It was manslaughter due to reckless driving. He’s served jail time, lost a friend, and has been riding in cabs for the past year. I think 7 games is the least of his worries. Good thing Denver’s been making some terrific roster moves lately…oh wait…

  • vmcb

    Athletes are regular people just like everybody else. They make mistakes, just like you or I do. They may get special treatment from time to time, but its not like athletes become impervious to fault solely because of their elevated status in society.

  • http://www.infamousklav.blogspot.com Klav

    its not the fact that they’re human, its the fact that they act as if they are invincible. becoming famous and paid ridiculous sums of money comes responsibility, especially when you’re an athlete. plenty of people look up to these people, and they will remember what JR or J-Rich does. they’re rolemodels, they should start acting like it. and there’s no debate about this, it came with the territory.

  • vmcb

    professional athlete =/= role model. They may be in the public eye, and may indirectly influence the behaviour of their fans, but its not like they’re politicians or anything. They’re basketball players.

  • tavoris

    I thought Charles Barkley cleared up this “role model” thing a decade ago…smh

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    @bakers’ dozen: and since the accident, JR has gotten his licensed suspended twice because of other stupid, reckless things he’s done behind the wheel. He’s riding in cabs not because of THAT incident, but because of other reckless driving and speeding tickets he has gotten.
    Yeah, I’m sure he feels remorse.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    With their salary there is no reason why they cant get a cab to pick them up. Also I bet they have buddies who would love to be their designated driver if it means they get to drive a $100k car for the night…

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I could see those suspensions coming 100 miles away.What took so long ?

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Ya BossTerry, I can see JR Smith having buddies that would be so much more responsible and better behind the wheel than him.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @ Jacqueline: the suspensions took a shortcut through an urban area going 200 mph with no seatbelts.

  • ENDS

    Too Linieant. Raw Lew got 10 games for a mistaken powder. JR KILLED A MAN and has less games?

  • D-Jones

    Can Garrett Atkins play shooting guard?

  • http://www.basketball247.co.uk Greg Tanner

    Didn’t Monta Ellis get 30 games just for being on a moped??!??!?!!

  • JoeMaMa

    JR Smith kills someone and gets 7. Artest goes into the stands, which, face it, we all loved, and gets what, 64?
    Yeah yeah, I know Artest f*cked up bad and should’ve gotten alot of games…but JR is a real moron and should’ve gotten more.
    They need to clone John Lucas like, 300 times, so everyone in the league gets one.

  • dave

    thank God jrich only got 2… PHX!!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Ya Dave, is was god that made sure J Rich got a light suspention for his drunk driving charge.

  • chintao

    I doubt that either of these guys will feel that their punishments are unjustified.

  • that dude

    You know what would be sweet? if we all got suspended from our jobs when we broke laws.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    As Charles Barkley would say, ” They are some knuckleheads”.

  • NANA1

    oh ma God y r nba players behaving dis way don’t they no that kids out there look up 2 them and this is the example they set 4 them