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JR Smith of Cleveland Cavaliers says NBA has threatened to fine him over new tattoo

A tattoo that JR Smith got on his right calf this offseason could end up costing the Cleveland Cavaliers guard more than just the price of the ink.

Smith revealed on his Instagram account Saturday that the NBA has threatened discipline for the tattoo he got of the logo for Supreme — a New York-based streetwear company — on the back of his leg if he doesn’t cover it up for games during the 2018-19 season.

“So I was informed today that I would be fined every game if I don’t cover up my ‘SUPREME TATTOO’ on my legs during games!!” Smith wrote, punctuating the sentence with three crying laughing emojis. “These people in the league office are something else!”

Smith finished the post with a middle finger emoji. He previously showed off the new tattoo in an August Instagram post.

“NBA rules prohibit players from displaying any commercial logos or corporate insignia on their body or in their hair,” league spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

There is precedent for the league’s actions. In 2013, the NBA made Smith’s former teammate Iman Shumpert take out the Adidas logo shaved in his hair. In 2001, the NBA ruled that former Portland Trail Blazers big man Rasheed Wallace could not wear a temporary corporate tattoo of a candy bar company during games.

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