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A rioter caught a chin check in Los Angeles over the weekend.
According to TMZ Sports, former Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was seen on Sunday beating up a man who allegedly damaged his truck. The incident occurred during the protests in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd.
This guy broke JR Smith’s windows and JR let him have it pic.twitter.com/0Ap46Zz9ao
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 31, 2020
The man broke a window on Smith’s vehicle, Smith said in a video posted online. Smith is then seen defending his property until the man runs away.
Smith understood the climate in the city and said he was parked in a residential area. He did not go near any stores where looting took place during the protests.
JR Smith watching the fight tape
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 31, 2020
“I chased him down and whupped his ass,” Smith said.
Smith said in the video he wanted to make it clear that his retaliation wasn’t because the man was white.
“This ain’t no hate crime. I ain’t got no problem with nobody who ain’t got no problem with me. It’s a problem with the motherf—ing system. That’s it,” he said.
JR Smith responds to the video of his encounter with a looter.
Real one. pic.twitter.com/WXhwnOxn9I
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) May 31, 2020
Agent provocateurs have been spotted inciting violence and looting during the peaceful protests nationwide. No word on who the man is or why he attempted to harm Smith and his property.
Smith, 34, a 15-year NBA veteran and champion, played in 11 games for the Cavaliers last season. He has not been on a roster this season.