Damon Jones dishes on infamous J.R. Smith soup-throwing incident
One of the messiest off-the-court stories — literally and figuratively — to emerge from the second LeBron James era with the Cleveland Cavaliers did not even involve The King. Instead, it revolved around an incident last spring during which J.R. Smith threw soup at then-assistant Cavs coach Damon Jones.
While rumor and speculation abounded at the time in the wake of the soup-soaking controversy — it apparently was chicken tortilla — Jones himself has now come clean by revealing some fascinating details about how things all played out on that fateful day.
During an appearance this week on ESPN’s “Jalen & Jacoby,” Jones dished on the incident, including how the soup Smith dumped on him was “hot as hell.”
We FINALLY get some juicy, soupy details about the J.R. Smith soup-throwing incident thanks to the very classy recipient of said soup, @D19J pic.twitter.com/xKzryDJmGj— Jalen & Jacoby (@JalenandJacoby) March 19, 2019
“For a long time I refused to talk about the soup incident,” Jones revealed, as transcribed by Complex. “It’s ok now… I’ve moved on. Me and J.R. we talked about it and he apologized. It was the bowl plus the soup and it was the first bowl out of the pot so it was hot as hell… very hot.”
Jones continued: “It went everywhere. I was standing up. It hit me in the shoulder, arm, everywhere. It hit the wall. I mean, it was a mess… All I remember is the soup was on my arm and it was hot as hell.”
Jones also revealed that the two didn’t talk for a long while after the soup throwing occurred. “Actually we didn’t talk to each other for probably three months,” Jones explained. “Not one word. I remember, it was a night after a back to back. We was in Philadelphia. We had a conversation and said ‘you know what, brothers have quarrels. I’m sorry, I apologize, let’s move on.'”
Smith and Jones were said to be pretty tight ahead of the ugliness, and it appears it took some time for fences to be mended.
Smith, of course no stranger to bizarre incidents on and off not to mention far away from the court, was suspended one game by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team for his role in Soup-gate. Seems like a fitting punishment, although odds are Jones, who has obviously moved on, probably felt at the time that more severe consequences were warranted.