J.R. Smith turns himself in, charged with criminal mischief over fan incident
J.R. Smith on Friday morning turned himself in to the NYPD and was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief related to an incident this summer involving a confrontation with a fan.
J.R Smith Surrenders to NYPD, Charged with Criminal Mischief https://t.co/3DTUeVJCUT
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 31, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers star is alleged to have thrown a fan’s phone into a nearby construction site during a confrontation on July 26 outside The Park, a popular hotspot in Chelsea.
Smith entered the 10th Precinct headquarters on Friday morning escorted by his attorney Alex Spiro.
“This is nonsense, and we aren’t responding to nonsense,” Spiro told TMZ Sports. “He was issued a ticket.”
The alleged incident reportedly escalated when the fan, a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man, attempted to snap a photograph of Smith on his phone. The man then contacted police to file a complaint against Smith using another individual’s phone.
“Still cant believe JR Smith launched my boy’s phone to Jersey,” Massimo Cusumano, who is said to have witnessed the incident, wrote on Twitter. “…my boy pulls out his phone, takes a snap, and JR comes over and launches that (expletive) like a hail mary.”
The New York Post reports Smith was issued a desk-appearance ticket and ordered to return to court sometime later this year over the misdemeanor charge.