NBA Star J.R. Smith Assaults Man Alleged To Have Vandalised His Truck, Smith Responds
NBA star J.R. Smith has been filmed assaulting a man he claims vandalised his truck amid riots in the United States.
Riots have broken out across the country following the death of George Floyd while in police custody and Smith's home area was targeted in Los Angeles.
TMZ Sports have released footage which shows Smith kicking a man on the ground in addition to punching him in the face.
The 34-year-old addressed the video on social media and stated the attack was not racially motivated and that the individual had broken the window of his truck during protests.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers man explained: "I just want you all to know right now before you all see this sh** somewhere else. One of these little motherfu**kin white boys didn't know where he was going and broke my fu**ing window in my truck.
"Broke my s***. This is a residential area, no stores over here none of that s***.
"I chased him down and whooped his a**, so if the footage come out and you all see it, I chased him down and whooped his a**. He broke my window. This ain't no hate crime.
JR Smith responds to the video of his encounter with a looter.
Real one. pic.twitter.com/WXhwnOxn9I
- Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) May 31, 2020
"I ain't got no problem with people who ain't got a problem with me, the problem is with the motherf**kin system, that's it.
"The motherf**ker broke my window and I whooped his ass, he didn't know whose window he broke and he got his ass whooped.
"Just so y'all see it later, I'm telling y'all now."
Smith won the NBA championship with the Cavs back in 2016 and is currently a free agent having left in 2019.
Floyd's death has resulted in protests across the world and football stars in the Bundesliga let their voices be heard this past weekend.
Schalke and United States midfielder Weston McKennie wore a 'Justice For Floyd' armband during his side's game with Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund pair Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi both revealed 'Justice For George Floyd' t-shirts in their game against Paderborn.
While Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram took a knee against Union Berlin, a protest against police brutality first used by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Derek Chauvin, the officer seen lying on Floyd's neck while he was in custody, has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
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