|J.R. Smith has been fined for posting an inappropriate photo on Twitter. (Getty Images)|
That's the lesson we learned on Saturday, when the NBA announced that it had fined New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith $25,000 for posting a photograph of his girlfriend, who was not wearing pants at the time, on his Twitter account. The two were apparently watching a basketball game at a hotel.
Smith later removed the photograph from his account.
On Friday, Smith told the Associated Press that he regretted posting the photo.
“I didn't know it was going to be as big deal as it is now,” Smith said after the Knicks' loss at Milwaukee on Friday. “I definitely regret it. It takes away from our team. Anytime I do anything that takes away from our team, I'm definitely going to regret it.”
“A few people talked to me about it,” Smith said. “It's not the smartest move. I understand that now. I just have to be smarter in my decisions.”
Smith signed with the Knicks in February, after returning from a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout.