New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith Drives a Ferrari 458: Careful Not to Crash It!

Shooting guard for the New York Knicks J.R. Smith is the proud member of the fancy drivers club who love collecting the most expensive ones. The NBA star recently posted an image of his new Ferrari 458 Spider on Instagram. Not that we don’t admire his taste in cars, but considering his driving records we can only hope he’ll be careful with this one.
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Photo: J.R.Smith on Instagram
Fans will always remember the Gurkha 5 he was reportedly seen with some years ago. Considering he’s living in New York, a city where a lot a people don’t even own a car, driving the huge armored military and law enforcement vehicle is pretty crazy. But that was some time ago. Nowadays, the 28-year old basketball player is more into the sportscars, considering he bought a Ferrari 458 Spider about a month ago. And Ferrari we like!

However, considering his long and adventurous driving record, maybe the armored car wasn’t such a bad idea. In case you heaven’t been following this fellow, we’ll take the time to tell all about it. Probably the most horrible experience Smith went through was the 2007 accident.

Smith and two passengers were injured in a crash on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, New Jersey, when the SUV he was driving collided with another car. Smith and one of the passengers, Andre Bell, were ejected from the vehicle. Smith’s vehicle went through a stop sign and collided with the other car. The NBA star was taken to Jersey Sjore University Hospital. Bell suffered serious head injuries before being pronounced dead on the night of June 11. Smith and Bell were not wearing seatbelts at the time.

Even though a grand jury in Monmouth County, New Jersey declined to indict Smith on a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from the accident, one year later the basketball player pleaded guilty. Smith was initially sentenced to 90 days in a Monmouth County jail, but 60 of those days were suspended, on the condition that he completed 500 hours of community service. Moreover, Smith because of the charge Smith got suspended seven games for the 2009-2010 NBA season.

Only looking at this fellows driving history makes anybody wonder if he should drive at all. For example, Smith totaled 27 points against his record from April 2005 to January 2006, including eight violations on seven different days. Five citations were of speeding. Since the accident he got two more speeding tickets and three license suspensions in New Jersey.

Well, we hope it’s all in the past and Smith is no longer driving like that anymore...
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