J.R. Smith added some drama and intrigue to his pickup game a couple of weeks ago, by reportedly busting out his best Latrell Sprewell and Wayne Brady impressions.
According to the Denver PD, Smith was involved in some type of altercation at the Nuggets’ practice facility on August 13th, when he apparently got tired of guys he was playing with getting a little too physical with him.
So, naturally, J.R. tried to choke one of them.
FanHouse has the report:
“We were called to that location about an incident possibly involving Mr. Smith,” said Detective John White of the Denver Police Department. “When we got there, the officers conducted their investigation. It did involve Mr. Smith.” According to White, the player — who sources said lives in the Denver area and played previously with the now defunct Colorado 14ers of the NBA D-League — is “not a member of the National Basketball Association.”
According to a league source who spoke with one of the people in the gym, numerous players were taking part in drills when members of the Nuggets’ coaching staff told the player who later called police to be physical with Smith.
“They were just wanting the guy to be physical with J.R., telling the other guys, ‘Hey, body up on the guys and really make them work,'” the source said. “J.R. just lost it. He tried to choke the kid, and the kid called the cops.”
Luckily for J.R. Smith, no charges have been filed.
However, this is not a good look for someone who is already on the trading block.