Craig Carton shoots back at JR Smith, infers Melo also racist

Craig Carton labeled JR Smith a racist yesterday - telling Jeremy Lin, "I believe this, it is my thought, maybe no one else's, that there is a racial component in your locker room, that because you're a Chinese American player, that certain African American players, J.R. Smith being one of them, didn't want to accept you as a ballplayer...did you ever feel that?"

This morning, after being informed that Smith quipped, "Don't ever in your life try an play me as racist. For someone who grew up where I did I know a little thing about it an it's never ok!" -- Carton doubled down...bringing Carmelo Anthony into the fray and using some odd logic to infer both were racists. Carton first referred to Smith's interview with SI's Sam Amick in which the player wasn't keen on the size of the offer Lin had received given his 2 weeks of high level NBA play:

"I'm sure the city would love to have him back, but the team decided to go in a different direction," Smith said. "It's nothing personal, I don't think, just business. We just hope everybody can benefit from here.

"I don't really know how Mr. Dolan [owner James Dolan] feels at this point with what the luxury tax is now and what it used to be, but I just hope it works out the best for both of them."

Asked if Lin's contract could cause a challenging dynamic with his teammates, Smith agreed.

"Without a doubt," he said. "I think some guys take it personal, because they've been doing it longer and haven't received any reward for it yet. I think it's a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys."

So JR is racist because he didn't think Lin's contract was in line with his length of service...OK.

Carton then referred to Anthony calling the contract a 'joke.'

Anthony, speaking before practice with the U.S. Olympic team, was then reminded it's up to the Knicks, not Lin, to decide whether he stays or goes.

"It's not up to me," Anthony said with a laugh. "It's up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that's out there."

Anthony's take was even harsher than Smith's was. Makes him an even bigger racist based on Craig Carton's sources, no?

Awe, then Carton had to add, "I can't say 100% it's based on him being from China or anything else."

No? Why not? Sounded that way yesterday. Let's not rewrite history or all that other stuff.

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