CLEVELAND, Ohio — JR Smith expressed regret over beating up a man he says smashed his truck window as seen in a video that went viral Sunday.
Appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show” Monday, the former Cavaliers guard said he had marched in a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd not far from his Los Angeles home earlier in the weekend, but became dismayed when some of the demonstrators started lighting cars on fire and looting stores.
“When people see this on TV, when they see people turning stuff over, breaking s—, it’s not going to give us a good light after this going forward. In my eyes it’s not helping the situation,” he said. “You want to protest peacefully, 100 percent, we can do that all day. But once you get to vandalizing people’s personal property that has nothing to do with nothing?”
So, when Smith returned home to see an unidentified white man damaging his vehicle parked on the street, he snapped.
“I’m the only black person on this corner. So for you to randomly just thinking you’re doing something for the people? The one black person who was able to get to 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… that was a just random act of stupidness,” he said.
“That ass-whopping was a random act of stupidness on my behalf as well.”
Smith kicked the man three times in the head while he was on the ground and then punched him in the face before he got away.
“When it happened, I seen red,” Smith said. “Then when I finally snapped to what was going on… I’m still disappointed with myself, even though people say I shouldn’t be.”
The 2016 NBA champion continued, “I’m 34 years old. I have four little girls at home. I don’t want that image, regardless of the fact whether it was right or wrong, I don’t want them to have that image of their dad being capable of doing that and doing something like that.
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