Cavaliers' JR Smith accused of choking heckler, but says: 'Don't believe everything you read'
New York: Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith hit back on Friday at accusations reported in New York media that he choked a 19-year-old man who was heckling him outside a Manhattan pizza shop.
“Don’t believe everything you read!” Smith said on Twitter on Friday. Earlier, his lawyer Alex Spiro told Cleveland.com that the accusation, “is completely false,” and added there was no reason to think the former New York Knicks player would ever be charged.
The New York Daily News reported that 19-year-old Justin Brown had made the accusation, telling police that after Smith ignored a request for a picture Brown heckled him, and the player responded by shoving him against a wall and putting his hands around his throat.
The incident in the early hours of November 13 was not reported to police until November 16. The Cavaliers issued a statement on the matter, saying only that they had spoken to Smith.