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J.R. Smith Reportedly Sent Provocative Twitter Message to High-School Senior

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks celebrates a basket in the first half against the Toronto Raptors on February 13, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2013

In news that more than compensates for a particularly boring 2013 NBA trade deadline, Deadspin is reporting that New York Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith sent a provocative direct message to a high-school senior via Twitter last month.

 

Well, of course he did. He's J.R. Smith, after all.

No stranger to regrettable lapses of judgment when it comes to social media, Smith's latest blunder came complete with a hilariously poor effort to cover his tracks.

 

Beyond the Buzzer chronicled Smith's not-so-subtle proposition and thoroughly inadequate attempt to fool his online followers into thinking his offer of "the pipe" was meant to be taken literally.

 

Sorry, J.R., very few people are dumb enough to believe you're a connoisseur of old-timey tobacco pipes. And nobody thinks you share that hobby with high-school girls.

Nice try, though.

Look, Smith is known for this stuff. In fact, if you think about it, his behavior in cyberspace is very much like his game on the court—he does almost everything without thinking. In some cases, that mental detachment helps, like when he's drilling buzzer beaters and going on scoring binges.

 

At other times, though, Smith's "act now, think later" decision-making process leads to some sketchy moments.

Instead of putting up an 0-for-8 from the field that everyone quickly forgets (which he actually did on the night he reportedly sent that text), he's stuck living with the embarrassment of coming off like something between an intellectual lightweight and a creep.

Still, for the pure entertainment of it all, Smith might be owed some thanks.

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