The death of George Floyd has led to protests around the country against police brutality. In one of the protests in the Los Angeles area, a vehicle owned by former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was allegedly damaged. According to footage shared by TMZ on Sunday, Smith was then allegedly seen beating up a man near his truck. Smith later shared an explanation for the incident on his Instagram story:”I chased him down and whooped his a–. So if the footage comes out and y’all see it, I chased him down and whooped his a–,” Smith said. “He broke my window, this ain’t no hate crime, I ain’t got no problem with nobody, nobody ain’t got no problem with me. This is a problem with the motherf—–g system. That’s it. The motherf—-r broke my window and I whooped his ass. He didn’t know whose window he broke and he got his ass whooped.”Smith appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Monday and clarified his involvement in the situation. Smith explained that he was playing “Call of Duty” inside his home when one of his former teammates, Jordan Clarkson, told him about the protests and urged Smith to go outside. Shortly after exiting his home, Smith said his truck was allegedly getting vandalized and he began to beat up the perpetrator.
“I’m the only black guy on my block. So for you to randomly just think that you’re doing something for the people, the one black person that was able to get out of the situation and move into a nice neighborhood and do all of those things that we aspire to do, you broke that person’s window without even knowing,” Smith said. “People are consistently doing stuff when you don’t even know what you’re doing it for.”Smith went on to say that what he did was “an act of stupidness.””Now granted, if he would’ve seen me outside the house, do I think he would’ve broken it? Absolutely not, it was just a random act of stupidness and I give him that. But that ass whooping was an act of stupidness on my behalf,” he said. “I’m still disappointed with myself even though people said I shouldn’t be. I’m 34 years old I have four little girls at home. Regardless of the fact whether it was right or wrong … I don’t want them to have the image of their dad being capable of doing that.”Smith has not played in the NBA since November 2019 when he was phased out of the Cavaliers rotation. The veteran guard was waived by the franchise in July 2019 and has yet to sign with another franchise.