New York Knicks star J.R. Smith has addressed the bashing R&B singer Rihanna shot at him hours prior to his team’s crucial Game 5 Thursday (May 16) match-up against the Indiana Pacers.
Despite the social media beating he took, Smith said his focus is purely on helping his team survive the NBA playoffs.
J.R. Smith commented about Rihanna attacks after she lashed out on a Knicks fan who he blamed her for J.R. Smith struggle on the court during the Knicks/Pacers playoff series. The Knicks player told ESPN New York sportswriter Ian Begley, “I’m not worried about Instagram, I’m worried about the playoffs!” (M Starz)
He also hopped onto Instagram Friday morning to throw a subliminal message out.
“#LMFAO I had to do this!!!! #GreatMorningWorld!,” a tweet read followed by a photo of Will Smith in Men In Black and a caption reading: “YOU SAW ME IN THE CLUB WITH WHO??” (Team Swish’s Instagram)
The music diva went off on Smith for unknown reasons Thursday.
The Pop Diva, who is known to sit courtside at NBA games, aired out Smith in response to a Knick fan’s accusations that she was to blame for Smith’s god-awful 28% shooting against Indy. Smith had been linked to the Bajan beauty after he was seen partying with her at her tour after party after the Knicks netted their only victory of the series in Game 2. After @peruvian_gawd called out the Unapologetic chanteuse on IG, he posted a screengrab of her incendiary response. “f–k you and your wack ass team!!,” Rihanna wrote. “Nobody don’t want that desert thirsty n—-a!!He fuckin up cus his ass be hungover from clubbing every night during playoffs!! So your issue ain’t with rasshole me.” (RapFix)
Coincidentally, they both were spotted hanging out at a New York club earlier this month.
Before being suspended for elbowing Celtics guard Jason Terry in Game 3 of the first round, Smith was excellent, shooting 48 percent, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Last week, Rihanna and Smith were pictured partying at Greenhouse, a club in Manhattan. The two were rumored to be dating last year. Rihanna appeared to be replying to someone commenting on one of her photos when she outed Smith’s hard-partying exploits. (NY Post)
Despite the RiRi situation, Smith helped his Knicks live another day last night at Madison Square Garden.
Don’t worry, Knick fans: J.R. Smith didn’t pull a John Starks. The Knicks’ high-scoring sixth man’s struggles had grown so great that on Wednesday he was taking advice from Starks, the franchise’s cold-shooting goat in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. But Smith played a solid, even-keeled game Thursday night against the Pacers at the Garden, scoring 13 points with six rebounds and three steals in an 85-75 victory that kept the Knicks’ season alive in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (New York Daily News)