J.R. Smith charged with breaking fan’s phone in NYC

Police say the Cleveland Cavaliers guard turned himself in Friday.

J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith during the trophy presentation after the win over the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. –Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA star J.R. Smith has been accused of breaking the cellphone of a fan who tried to videotape him in the middle of the night on a New York City street.

Police say the Cleveland Cavaliers guard turned himself in Friday to face a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. The NBA champion was given a summons to appear in court at a later date and released.

A 20-year-old man said he was outside a Manhattan pizzeria about 2:45 a.m. July 29 when he spotted Smith and started videotaping him.

He said Smith snatched away his phone and broke the screen by tossing it into a construction zone.

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An attorney Smith called the accusation “nonsense.”

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