Damn, J.R. Smith’s sister is being blamed for yet another catch fade in Chinese stands after fans started throwing ish at him during a game this weekend. His girlfriend Britanie Girard has also been blamed in the incident.
According to Deadspin reports:
Smith’s sister and girlfriend are once again implicated in a fight that broke out last night during a game between J.R.’s Zhejiang squad and the host Tianjin. According to Chinese news sources, conflict erupted after Tianjin fans heckled J.R. Smith as he went to the line late in the third quarter. After what I believe to be Thunderstix were thrown onto the court by a spectator, Smith’s girlfriend got into a shoving match with Tianjin fans while his sister flipped the crowd the double-bird.
Stephanie Smith claims on her Twitter that she didn’t start the fight “this time,” and we can understand her description of the incident being different from Chinese sources that describe her as “a ton of bricks.” We invite her side of the story—and of the previous incident, if she wants to share.
It comes at an awkward time, as CNN/NBA TV’s report on “how great” things are going for Smith in China just debuted yesterday. Will this get Smith out of the country in time to make an impact for an NBA team? That’s still up in the air.
As for the game, J.R. Smith’s Zhejiang side fell 112-104. Smith put in 37 points in the losing effort.
Smith signed a deal with Zhejiang that did not include an opt-out clause back in September during the lockout. In November, he suffered a knee injury and the club’s general manager told the Chinese media that he was faking the injury.
Smith, 26, is a talented and troubled score-first guard who will be eligible for an NBA return upon the completion of the Chinese Basketball Association’s regular season. He averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.9 minutes per game for the Nuggets last year. He will be an unrestricted free agent.
SMH… This is all bad, especially considering he still has until March at least before the Chinese season will be done.
Check out Stephanie’s side of the story and see more shots from the incident when you continue.