Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) pulls down a rebound against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 108-89. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: J.R. Smith loses $48K in jewelry lawsuit

NBA players love their bling, but apparently they don’t like to pay for it.

Add New York Knicks’ sixth man J.R. Smith to the growing list of NBA players who have been sued by jewelry store in the past couple of years for failure to pay their bills.

Apr 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives up to dunk during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 120-99. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It happened to Allen Iverson a couple of years ago and recently just happened on Wednesday to the San Antonio Spurs DeJuan Blair, who got busted for not paying his bill,

According to a report from TMZ, a judge ruled in favor of a jewelry store in Southern California that had sued Smith over an unpaid $48,000 jewelry bill.

Here are some details from TMZ:

A jewelry company called Lemmerman’s sued Smith, claiming he ordered a bunch of bling back in 2010 — including a diamond chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings — totaling $25,500 … but never paid….

Lemmerman’s sued for $48,101 — which includes the jewelry bill plus interest and attorney’s fees — but Smith never responded to the suit … so a judge ruled in Lemmerman’s favor.

That news is a real shame and shows a lack of responsibility.

Like it or not, players such as Smith, whether they want to or not, serve as a role model to younger kids.

They should act like it more often.

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