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Cavaliers Guard J.R. Smith Accused of Throwing Fan’s Cell Phone Into Construction Site

After the embarassment of what happened in game one of the NBA Finals two months ago, you would think that Cavs guard J.R. Smith would want to stay out the headlines for awhile.

Evidently not.

The Cavs guard is back in the news today after a report from TMZ which states that Smith took a cell phone of a fan taking a photo of him, an threw it into a construction zone.

Here’s the TMZ Report

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.

Smith allegedly turned the fan down — telling him no photos — but he snapped one anyway … and Smith snapped too.

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 has not been charged with a crime — but we’re told cops would like to speak with him asap.

We talked to J.R.’s attorney, Alex Spiro, who vehemently denies the allegations … saying, “the claim is nonsense and we do not have anything to say about nonsense.”

No arrests have been made at this time, and the NY Daily News states that the alleged attack happened outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza at W. 17th St. and 10th Ave. — a block from where the recent clash occurred.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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