The NBA says JR Smith will be fined if he does not cover up the supreme tattoo that he has on the back of his leg!
NBA Player JR Smith has been known to rock a Supreme brand sleeve with his uniform during game day. That iconic logo is also tattooed on the back of his leg which as of now may cause a major problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers player.
Smith took to Twitter on Saturday morning to share the news that he calls “whack.”
I swear I’m the only person they do shit like this to! 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… https://t.co/zjc8qVPYAP
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) September 29, 2018
JR Smith says the NBA will fine him every game he doesn’t cover his Supreme leg tattoo pic.twitter.com/juUVCK2PwH
— Master (@MasterTes) September 29, 2018
His decision to wear the brand on his arm has nothing to do with sponsorships, but simply, just a look.
“I thought it looked dope and matched our uniforms,” Smith told Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon in December.
However, his tattoo is just a form of self-expression.
Basketball fans know that the NBA is sponsored by Nike which affects any other deals with brands. However, Teams have also recently been allowed to wear sponsors’ logos on jersey patches. Supreme just so happens to not be one of those sponsors.
“Supreme has been on our radar for quite a while,” Lisa Piken Koper, the NBA’s vice president of merchandising partnerships said. “We admire their business model and are excited about the new apparel line.”
Piken Koper added that the league had “plans to work with Supreme in the future in connection with our Nike partnership.”
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As of now, Smith will have to find some way to abide by the rules or pay the hefty fine which as of now has not been stated.
Take a look at Smith rocking Supreme below and let us know what you think!