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Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith sued for $2.5 million over nightclub incident
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Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith sued for $2.5 million over nightclub incident
Sunday March 27th, 2016

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been sued $2.5 million in connection to an altercation at a New York City nightclub in November, reports Brian Winhorst of ESPN. 

Smith is being sued for causing physical injuries and emotional distress after being accused by a 19-year-old man of choking and striking him in the head and neck area. 

The man, Justin Brown, says that Smith assaulted him in front of a pizza shop at 4 a.m. after the player denied a request for a photo.

Smith was not charged for the incident after a two-month investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney.

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He declined to comment about the lawsuit.

"It is what it is. So, we'll just see what happens," Smith said to ESPN. 

Smith is averaging 12.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists this season. 

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