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J.R. Smith won’t be charged after accusation of fighting high schooler

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers cheers against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of their game on December 17, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Thunder 104-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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A 19-year-old high school student accused J.R. Smith of choking him in New York in November, a response to heckling about the guard’s trade from the Knicks to the Cavaliers.

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The New York Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office say they have closed the investigation.

“After a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding this case, we have concluded that the evidence does not support criminal charges against Mr. Smith,” Patrick Munice, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement to

Now, Smith can focus on other issues – like keeping his cool on the court.