Smith turns himself in to NYPD stemming from July incident.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith reportedly turned himself in to NYPD early this morning and was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief, stemming from a July incident where he allegedly threw a cell phone, according to TMZ Sports.
According to reports, Smith had been partying at The Park in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood last month when a fan approached him on the street and asked to take a photo. Smith reportedly informed the fan that he wasn't interested in taking any photos, but that didn't stop the man from snapping a pic anyway. As a result, that phone ended up in a nearby construction zone.
Per TMZ Sports:
"Law enforcement sources tell us ... they got a call around 2:30 AM on Sunday morning from a guy who says he tried to take a picture with the Cleveland Cavs star outside of The Park, a hotspot in Chelsea."
"We're told ... Smith allegedly approached the fan and snatched the phone out of his hand and then launched it into a nearby construction zone. The fan claims his $800 phone was damaged and he has filed a report with police."
Smith was also issued a desk appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date but his lawyer, Alex Spiro, tells TMZ, "This is nonsense, and we aren't responding to nonsense. He was issued a ticket."