NBA: Cavaliers' Smith accused of choking teen heckler | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Cavaliers’ Smith accused of choking teen heckler

/ 10:19 AM November 21, 2015

Greg Monroe, J.R. Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith (5) drives past Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. AP Photo

NEW YORK, United States—Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith hit back Friday at accusations reported in New York media that he choked a 19-year-old man who was heckling him outside a Manhattan pizza shop.

“Don’t believe everything you read!” Smith said on Twitter on Friday.


Earlier his lawyer Alex Spiro told that the accusation “is completely false,” and added there was no reason to think the former New York Knicks player would ever be charged.


The New York Daily News reported that 19-year-old Justin Brown had made the accusation, telling police that after Smith ignored a request for a picture Brown heckled him, and the player responded by shoving him against a wall and putting his hands around his throat.

The alleged incident in the early hours of November 13 was not reported to police until November 16.

The Cavaliers issued a brief statement on the matter on Friday, saying only that they had spoken to Smith about the reports.


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