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Report: Police investigating J.R. Smith allegedly stealing and throwing picture-taking fan’s phone

2018 NBA Finals - Game Four

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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J.R. Smith wasn’t charged after a heckling New York fan accused the Cavaliers guard of choking him in 2015 .

But, back in New York, the former Knicks guard has run into potential trouble with another fan.


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

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.

It is unpleasant for someone to take a picture of you without permission, but Smith didn’t hold a reasonable expectation of privacy on a public sidewalk. The fan would have been within his legal rights to photograph Smith.

We’ll eventually see what’s determined about whether Smith followed the law.