NBA Suspends Top Sixth Man J.R. Smith for Pot

J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith will miss the first five games of the NBA season.

The Knicks' reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith will stay on the bench for the first five games of the upcoming 2013-14 season. The controversial swing man failed a drug test for marijuana.

A third positive drug test triggers a five-game suspension.

Smith averaged 18 ppg last season and was rewarded with a new $18 million three-year contract by the Knicks.

This is Smith's fifth suspension during his nine-year NBA career, but the first for drugs. He was docked a game during the recent playoffs against Indiana after being charged with a flagrant foul.

It's been rumored that the heavily-tattooed baller has dated Rihanna.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.