Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  46 responses

Report: JR Smith Choked Someone During Pickup Game

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

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.

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    JR Smith is a big young dummy. Signed, Fred Sanford

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    We need a new category on the site: Instead of “News & Rumors,” this story should be posted under “Of Course This Happened.”

  • tavoris

    co-sign Ryan. not surprised one bit. But then again, he DID play with Allen Iverson at one point in his career (sarcasm). Or maybe Chauncey Billups wasn’t around to mitigate the incident.

  • Overtime

    This is just living up to reputation, v clever J.R

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    One day I’m reading an article by Lang where he and Smith talk golf, next day I’m reading this sh*t. Why can’t Smith just stay out of the news? He’s been in the League long enough to finally act a bit more mature, he can’t let this stuff happening to him anymore.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Geez, I though Sprewell retired because no one offered him enough money to feed his kids. Looks like his legacy has remained and is going strong though. This will certainly hurt Denver’s attempt to use him as trade bait.

  • SMK

    C’mon, he was just showing the kid where to get a new tattoo.


    did carmelo run into the gym yelling stop snitchin?


    @Gerard: theres a LOT of guys around my way that still act this way and theyre older than i am. It’s a mentality of entitlement that is usually blamed on not having a father figure when growing up. it’s sad really if they were to see themselves on tape i wonder how they would react to it.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    No props on the image used for this post? Guys, I’m hurt.

  • tavoris

    props ont he pic, Marcel. It said everything I needed 4 my sarcarm fail of a post.

  • JoeMaMa

    JR Smith uses strangling exercises to improve his hands for his short game.

  • http://Www.lkz.cd Darksaber

    Surpriiiise!! Wait, that can’t be right. Nevermind.

  • logues

    watched “Juice” last night. he reminds me of tupac in that movie

  • The Philosopher

    I was wondering if I was the only one who watched Juice last night.

  • Javy

    I wonder what happens when the coaching staff leaves the whole Denver team alone unatended!!
    KMart-”So what tatto r u getting tonight JR?”
    JR-”Some lips on my a****sss”
    KMart-”Come here little P***unk, I’ll beat u up”
    JR-”Carmelo where is my gun?”
    Carmelo-”Nene, hide the w*****eed, I have to go home and get something”


    Javy, that was so funny. My sides are aching I’m laughing so hard. Keep them coming!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Next tattoo: Darth Vader and/or Admiral Motti.

  • http://www.pardonthedopeness.blogspot.com DP

    J.R. is an idiot. But by damn can he shoot the rock. Send em to the bulls Denver.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JR Smith grew up in a two parent suburban household.
    Don’t the let the tats and attitude fool you.
    He’s spoiled, and entitled, but it’s not because of typical stereotypes about black NBA players.
    He’s just your typical suburban American.

  • Shem

    No team will want him but the Clippers, and I’d rather get choked then play for the Clippers

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin


  • Sparker

    allenp: and i just thought you were going to write “thug” and let us figure it out. well played once again, sir

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Why the hell would the Bulls want him? They had him a few years back and shipped his ass out without ever playing a game.

  • unrel

    if i wasn’t so lazy right now.. i’d just copy and paste my previous comments.. dude is a head case and immature..

  • unrel

    by the way.. it wasn’t even a real pick up game.. they were running drills.. dude will be out the league faster than you can say ‘young money’

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Latrell Sprewell is twice the player JR Smith will ever be. That is all. For now.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    “Of course this happened” agreed. I wish there were more reports like this. You know NBA players choke out or stiff arms lots scrubs over the summer. Jordan used to brake fellow NBA players noses and ribs in summer runs allegedly. The dude is a punk to call the cops and its the Denver organizations fault for not protecting their player/employee from harassment.

  • Ryan.T.

    -Whomever the person was that got choked, is an idiot… What’s the point of calling the cops if your not gonna press charges? Handle your business like a grown man then..

  • KB

    i watched juice too. on BET

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Is everyone an internet tough guy now? Maybe he called the police to prevent JR Smith’s dumb @ss from further attacking him? You know, it’s called protecting yourself? And he probably didn’t press charges because of pressure from the team/organization… You know, he kind of wants to WORK?

  • LA Huey

    Thanks, Allenp.

  • haha

    hahaha i guess we all watched us some juice last nite, in the unedited version pacs a pretty good actor. It’s hard to watch edited tho.

  • tavoris

    @Teddy-Sprewell was FIVE TIMES the player JR smith is.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Every time I see this headline, I chuckle… I can’t help it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He might be untradeable now.

  • jawjack

    Since JR is a creative thinker, he might have done this on purpose so he wouldn’t get traded.

  • Robb

    Natural born thugget

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Well it’s a different take on the way the WHOLE TEAM CHOKED in the playoffs just gone…..

  • Ryan.T.

    @ Teddy-the-Bear
    -Further attacking him? You make it sound like JR Smith’s picking on a little kid.. If the guy is guarding JR & being physical with him, he’s obviously man enough to take care of himself. Any situation similar to this on any court whether it’s Rec League, a pick up game, or practice, results in physical confrontations, so it has nothing to do with being a “internet tough guy”. You must not play ball if you can’t relate to a situation similar to this

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ lol I understand what you’re saying Ryan, and I’ve been in a few on-court fights ever since Jr. High basketball. I’m just saying, there’s a difference between being physical and choking. And who knows, if he was actually getting hurt by JR Smith, calling the cops would be the smart choice, no?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And no, please don’t laugh at me mentioning Jr. High basketball fights…. I don’t think that makes me tough. Or a fighter.

  • tavoris

    @Ryan-the guy was told be the Nugget’s coaching staff to body JR up. JR has never known how to control his emotions. This wasn’t a streetball game.
    &in defense of Teddy, if a player can’t take a little physicality (that was sanctioned by your employer), then said player is a pu$$y.

  • http://sfjdkldsfl.com Jukai

    Be Like Mike (C)

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  • FredK

    To all U older guys always talkin about how the NBA has gotten soft…i feel u. This is just unacceptable especially when you’re playing against some of the most PHYSICALLY gifted athletes in the world…grow a pair J.R.