J.R. Smith sued for $2.5 million for incident outside New York night club


J.R. Smith doesn’t play with the Knicks anymore, but an alleged incident in New York could still cost him.

Smith is being sued for an alleged confrontation outside a pizza place in Chelsea last November, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Justin Brown, who was 19 at the time, approached Smith at a pizza shop at about 4 a.m. after Smith had left 1Oak, a well-known club in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Brown claims Smith turned down a request for a photo and then choked and struck him in his head and neck area. Brown is suing for physical injuries and emotional distress.

Smith was asked about the lawsuit following the Cavaliers’ 107-93 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

“No, I ain’t got no comment on that,” Smith said. “It is what it is. So, we’ll just see what happens.”

There is a video of the incident from a security camera, according to the report. Smith was not arrested and, while the New York District Attorney looked into the matter, no charges were filed against Smith.

Smith’s attorney threatened a countersuit, according to the report.