Cavs guard JR Smith has been accused of choking a 19-year-old high school student in New York City.
Smith’s lawyer said the accusation is “completely false,” and that Smith has yet to speak to the police about the alleged incident.
Police sources told the New York Daily News that the incident reportedly occurred at about 4 a.m. EST on November 13 outside a popular pizzeria.
Smith played 27 minutes against the Knicks later that night, scoring 8 points on 3-10 shooting.
Smith proclaimed his innocence in a tweet on Friday:
Don't believe everything you read!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) November 20, 2015
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Former Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been accused of choking a 19-year-old in Chelsea after the teen quipped about the hoopster’s trade to Cleveland.
Smith, 30, has not been arrested for the alleged incident outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza about 4 a.m. on Nov. 13 at W. 17th St. and 10th Ave., which shares a block with celebrity hangout 1OAK.
The teen, Justin Brown, who told cops he lives in Harlem, was with pals who chided Smith for ignoring their photo request.
Smith is seen on a cell phone video walking away from the group, sources said.
“That’s why New York kicked you out, yo!” Brown remarked.
Brown told cops that’s when Smith, who is 6-feet-6 and 225 pounds, checked the teen against the building and put his hands around the high school student’s neck, sources said.