"I don't talk to the police. That doesn't do anything for me."
J.R. Smith isn't going to fight the NBA's rule that prohibits players from displaying any commercial logos or corporate insignia on their bodies or in their hair. In fact, he won't be contacting the league at all regarding the new Supreme tattoo that is boldly displayed down his right calf.
When asked if he planned on having a conversation with the league, Smith tells Cleveland.com, "No. For what? I don't talk to the police. That doesn't do anything for me."
After showing off the new ink, Smith was reportedly told by the league that he needed to cover it up or risk being fined. As a result, he will be wearing a sleeve on his calf this season to cover up the Supreme logo.
"I'm not giving them money that could go to my kids,'' Smith told ESPN. "I was looking into (my rights), but the players' association just texted me, and you know what? I'm not going to put money in their pockets. Not a chance."
"It was just something that I wanted to do,'' he said. "There's a lot of other things going on in this world (the league) could be worried about besides a tattoo, but it's their league. They can do what they want."
Smith posted the following message on instagram earlier this week: "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 else but because it’s me it’s a problem all of a sudden!!! Shit whack."
According to ESPN, the NBA also made Iman Shumpert take out the Adidas logo shaved in his hair in 2010 and back in 2001 ruled that former Rasheed Wallace could not wear a temporary tattoo promoting a candy bar company during games.