Knicks’ JR Smith out for season after tearing muscle at strip club
on Oct 10, 2012
An unfortunate situation for the Knicks occurred early Wednesday morning in New York City as the team’s talented shooting guard, J.R. Smith, suffered a torn groin muscle and will the entire 2012-13 NBA season. Smith was vigorously “engaging” with a stripper at Isiah’s Club in Manhattan, a strip club owned by much-maligned former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, when he slipped and fell, hurting his groin extremely and completely tearing a muscle in the process.
“I’m really fine, I could go out and play tomorrow if the the team needed me,” said Smith at the Knicks practice facility while standing on crutches. “I was just enjoying some good-ole fun with the girls at Isiah’s and an accident happened. Not as big a deal as y’all are making it out to be. I’m at Isiah’s every day when we’re in New York and I get bumps and bruises from time to time, but I still play through them on the court. This one may be more serious, but I’ll get through. Peace!”
Knicks coach Mike Woodson wouldn’t comment on the situation but a few Knicks players were, off the record, heard hysterically laughing after they heard the news about Smith with Carmelo Anthony, the team’s star small forward, remarking that maybe “J.R. got a little more than he could handle, if you know what I mean.” The NBA said they are investigating Smith’s accident privately.