ESPN recently reported that the NBA will suspend Jason Smith 2 games for his vicious flagrant-2 foul on Blake Griffin.
Video of the foul can be found below:
Smith clearly was not going for the ball on the play, and a less athletic player may not have gotten up from that hit. Chris Paul had some words with Smith following the play and after the game as well:
“It was a terrible foul,” Paul said. “I don’t know what Jason was thinking. He probably better be ready to sit out a game or two for that one. I’m just glad Blake controlled it.”
The crowd was actually applauding Smith as he was ejected from the game, because he had a solid overall day against Griffin, helping the Hornets to only their 5th home win.
“I think it looked a lot worse than what it was, but that’s still not a play that you ever want to do to another player like that,” Smith said. “I apologize to Blake Griffin. I didn’t want to hurt him at all. I just wanted to try and cut off his lane to the basket.”
Smith definitely did that, but also cut off his chances to help the Hornets win the next two games, and lost the respect of many basketball fans(myself included).