Over the weekend, #JRSmith took to Instagram to address a league rule regarding his “Supreme” tattoo, and the consequences of its exposure during the games.
“So I was informed today that I would be fined every game if I don’t cover up my “SUPREME TATTOO” on my leg during games,” JR wrote. “These people in the league office are something else.”
“I swear I’m the only person they do shit like this too,” he continued in his caption. “So you mean to tell me I have to cover up my tattoo for what? You don’t make people cover up Jordan logos, NIKE checks or anything else but because it’s me it’s a problem all of a sudden.”
However, according to a spokesperson for the league, “NBA rules prohibit players from displaying any commercial logos or corporate insignia on their body or in their hair.”
But, in JR’s eyes, the situation is straight up unfair.
“They just said it’s branding,” Smith told Chris Fedor on Tuesday, during a discussion about the tattoo discrepancy. “But I’m not the only person with brands on me so it’s more than that. I know that. They know that. Everyone knows that.”
And, as it turns out, JR is right. Carmelo Anthony has a Warner Bros. logo on his shoulder, Marcin Gortat sports a Jordan Jumpman logo and Kyrie Irving even has a ‘Friends’ tattoo, all of which have flown under the league’s radar. But, when it comes to sorting things out, JR would rather not.
“No. For what?” Smith said when Fedor asked if he had spoken to the league. “I don’t talk to the police. That doesn’t do anything for me.”