NBA star J.R. Smith stands accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man who joked about his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, reports the New York Daily News.
The alleged incident occurred in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood on Nov. 13 when Justin Brown says he asked Smith for a photo, but was denied when the athlete walked away. Brown then yelled, "That's why New York kicked you out, yo!" and things apparently got physical.
The report states:
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.
A police report was filed three days later when Brown went to the 10th Precinct stationhouse, although cops did respond to the scene when it happened, sources said.
It's not clear why no complaint was filed there, but a source said cops told Brown the initial report was 'lost.'
Brown has since lawyered up, but it is unclear if he will pursue legal action. Smith has not been charged with any crime.
Smith's lawyer has denied Brown's claims, stating, "The allegation is completely false. He won't be arrested." The Cavaliers' general manager David Griffin also said the team is aware of the story.
On Friday, Smith tweeted, "Don't believe everything you read!"
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