Knicks' Smith brushes off scrutiny of photo
Posted Mar 9 2012 8:36PM - Updated Mar 10 2012 12:40AM
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith said he regrets posting a photo of a scantily clad woman on his Twitter account.
"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."
Smith appears to have eventually deleted the post but that didn't stop the photo from being passed around the Internet on Friday, earning significant attention that included a mention on the sports website Deadspin.
Smith later posted a message directed to the woman, saying, "Things are being taken (too) far sorry (at)therealtahiry."
"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."
Has he heard from the league?
"No, not yet," Smith said. "I'm sure they will but I haven't heard anything from anybody yet."
That was a decidedly different tone than Smith struck only a few hours earlier. Asked before the game if he received any criticism for posting the photo, Smith brushed it off, saying, "I get a lot of criticism for everything, so I'm not really worried about it. I'm just focused on the game."
Smith started and played 18-plus minutes Friday, scoring three points, and the Knicks lost 119-114.