JR Smith Hoisted A Disabled Fan In The Air 'Lion King' Style, And I Can't Tell If That's Good Parenting
Let's not take away from this moment. It is absolutely a once in a lifetime memory for a disabled kid to get hoisted up in the air by NBA Champion (smh) JR Smith in front of the entirety of the Cavaliers faithful. That said, his father didn't exactly hand him over to the sure hands of Rafiki. You just know that when this Dad gave his precious little boy to the world's most unpredictable person - that probably hasn't sobered up since Sunday night - he had a knot in the pit of his stomach as he did.
If there is a professional athlete that you have to worry about dropping a defenseless child while standing on the edge of a stage it is JR Smith, and if there is a time you have to worry about him doing it it's the ass end of a 3 day bender. This moment is forever immortalized by television cameras and will likely go down as one the coolest things to happen during the celebration of Cleveland's first championship in half a century, but let's not act like it wasn't a fatherly moment of truth. He looks like 'Dad Of The Year' now, but it's not too hard to imagine a scenario where things take a turn for the worst and the whole world is asking why any sane person would turn over responsibility of their handicapped child to JR Smith. His kid will remember this forever, but this guy will never forget the uneasiness he felt as he let - a likely inebriated - JR Smith have full control over his son's entire 'Circle Of Life'.
Swish. The dude can't miss right now...