|J.R. Smith Suing Chinese Team|
Remember the $1 million J.R. Smith was fined for allegedly missing practices while he was in China? Well, he wants it back. The Knicks sixth man is suing his former team in the Chinese Basketball Association, he's filed a lawsuit with governing body FIBA to recoup the $1,078,500 withheld from his salary. The club, Zhejiang Chouzhou, claims that Smith missed up to 80 practice sessions with the team, some to take his sister shopping in Beijing.
Stephanie Smith is also alleged by the club to be the reason why her brother missed so many practice sessions, the club felt that she was such a distraction that they requested she be sent home to the US.
“It is not possible in the reasonable course of things the player did not attend so many practices [most probably all], held by the club,’’ Smith’s complaint reads. “On the contrary, the player attended many practices and he has presented his excuse for any non-attendances.’’
The complaint argues Smith did not miss a single game — playing all 32 — and led the club in scoring average (36.4) and hence “showed outstanding performance.’’
The case will be ruled upon in the coming weeks by a FIBA arbitrator in Switzerland.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:58 )|