Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith Bans Alcohol From His House

By Bryan Le 04/29/19

The famously hard-partying NBA player surprised fans with his social media announcement.

Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith
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J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that alcohol is no longer allowed in his house on an Instagram post. The announcement might come as a surprise to many fans as Smith has something of a reputation for partying hard. 

After a 2016 Cavalier title run, a shirtless drinking binge earned Smith an unofficial title as the NBA’s Hennessy god.

Snapping a photo of emptied liquor bottles atop what is presumably his home bar for his post, he set some new ground rules for anyone visiting his abode:

“To all who decides to step foot in my house from here on out!!!! IT WILL BE 0 ALCOHOL AT MY HOUSE! You want to drink take that shit back where you came! But in MY HOUSE! NO MORE ALCOHOL! #Thanks! Don’t speak about it BE ABOUT IT!”

Smith’s decision to turn a new leaf may stem from the fact that he just finished the worst season he’s had in his 15-year career. His time with the Cavaliers is ending, so team management is looking for potential trade partners. Some speculate Smith’s new no-booze rule is a move to show he’s focused on basketball and athletics, not partying and Hennessy.

The NBA has taken steps to encourage mental wellness with their initiative called Mind Health. In May of last year, the league produced a 30-second TV spot to be broadcast during the NBA playoffs.

“Everyone walks around with something that you can't see,” Love says in the PSA. “The best thing I did was to come out and say, ‘Hey look, I need some help.’”

Besides outreach urging viewers to communicate openly about their mental health, the NBA also released guided meditation videos called Headspace that helps athletes take care of their head space before competition. The Cleveland Cavaliers own Kevin Love revealed that he works with Mind Health because he’s suffered from panic attacks himself.

“If you’re suffering silently like I was, then you know how it can feel like nobody really gets it,” Love wrote. “Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.”

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