J.R. Smith sure is taking advantage of all the fame and recognition afforded to him by the Broadway lights of New York with reports that the Knicks guard is now dating pop singer Rihanna. Smith definitely keeps his name linked to showbiz circles - earlier this year he was linked with rapper Joe Budden's former flame, and was even fined $25,000 for posting a semi-nude photo of video-vixen Tahiry on his Twitter page.
Judging by the description Rihanna gives of her ideal man, J.R. most certainly ticks all the boxes.
From the In Touch Weekly report :
Multiple sources tell the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now, that the two were spotted getting cozy at Veranda nightclub in NYC on May 6.
“They were very flirty in the club all night and holding hands,” an eyewitness who was at the hotspot tells In Touch. “She was sitting on his lap and was really into him.”
J.R., 26, made headlines in March when he was fined $25,000 by the NBA after tweeting a photo of a woman’s butt in a thong from his bed.
“He is the team’s most controversial player, so it’s no wonder that Rihanna likes him,” says a source.
Her latest hot hookup comes after two recent disses from ex-boyfriends. First, the 24-year-old singer unfollowed Chris Brown on Twitter after he allegedly took an X-rated shot at her promiscuity in a rap, in which he implied she had slept with everyone in the industry. (Chris, 23, soon deleted her from his account, too.) Drake, 25, was next to trash her, releasing a song called “No Lie,” in which he boasted of only wanting to sleep with her once.
“I definitely like high-risk guys,” Rihanna has said. “I don’t like cream puff, corny guys… the nice ones that won’t hurt you. I like the edge. That’s the thrill for me.”