New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has driven fans and coaches crazy with his shot selection. But on Thursday, he aggravated many with his word selection.In an Instagram post, Smith compared the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to the apparent suicide of Robin Williams. He wrote:
Our people dying everyday by police everyday for no reason but you want to keep posting pics of Robin Williams cause he made you laugh even tho he killed him self! #Butthat'snoneofmybusiness
Accompanying the text is a photo of a young black child holding a sign that reads, "Don't shoot! I'm just young, black & walking!"
While the entry seems to criticize the amount of attention given to the comedian's death, many viewers thought Smith stuck his sizable sneaker in his mouth.
One commenter wrote: "Suicide is a big thing @teamswish as much as much as innocents getting killed because of discrimination..... But u didn't have to use robin Williams as an example to get ur point across."
Others were not as thoughtful, questioning Smith's intelligence. But at least one viewer defended the hoopster, pointing out that Smith is simply expressing his annoyance with what he believes is the disproportionate coverage of Williams.