Remember back in November when JR Smith was accused of choking out a 19-year-old in a New York pizza joint at 4 a.m. after the club let out? Now, Smith is being sued for $2.5 million over the incident, even though he was never arrested or charged with any crime. The details, from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been sued for $2.5 million by a man he got into an encounter with outside a New York City nightclub last November, according to documents obtained by ESPN.com.
Justin Brown, who was 19 at the time, approached Smith at a pizza shop at about 4 a.m. after Smith had left 1Oak, a well-known club in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Brown claims Smith turned down a request for a photo and then choked and struck him in his head and neck area. Brown is suing for physical injuries and emotional distress.
Smith was asked about the lawsuit following the Cavaliers’ 107-93 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
“No, I ain’t got no comment on that,” Smith said. “It is what it is. So, we’ll just see what happens.”
According to the police report, Smith reacted after Brown shouted “that’s why you got kicked out of New York,” after the photo request was declined. Smith, who was traded to the Cavs from the New York Knicks in 2015, was in town to play the Knicks that night.