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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers G J.R. Smith charged with criminal mischief

According to TMZ, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been charged with criminal mischief.
JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers grabs a rebound against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 30, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It appears as though J.R. Smith is in the midst of another brush up with the law.

According to TMZ, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has turned himself into police in New York, where he has been charged with criminal mischief. The charge stems from an incident that occurred in early July, when he allegedly stole a cell phone from a person outside a club and threw it into a nearby construction zone.

The phone was damaged in the process.

Per TMZ, Smith appeared at an NYPD station in Chelsea on Friday morning and was issued a desk appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date. Smith's attorney, Alex Spiro, told TMZ, "This is nonsense, and we aren't responding to nonsense. He was issued a desk appearance ticket."

The 32-year-old Smith is entering his fifth season with the Cavs. Last season, he averaged 8.3 points in 80 games (61 starts), in addition to averaging 8.7 points in 22 postseason games.

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Smith infamously forgot that the score was tied was when he pulled down an offensive rebound in the closing seconds of regulation. The Cavs proceeded to lose in overtime before being swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games.

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