OK everyone, before you freak out, the charge is really not that big of deal.
According to TMZ, JR Smith has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and issued a desk appearance ticket to appear at a later court date. This all stems from an incident that happened in New York back in July. JR Smith allegedly stole a cell phone from someone outside a club in New York and threw it into a nearby construction zone, causing damage to the phone.
TMZ spoke with JR Smith’s attorney about the charge.
“This is nonsense, and we aren’t responding to nonsense. He was issued a desk appearance ticket.”
I, myself, scrambled to read the first article when I saw the headline earlier today. Since it’s JR Smith, I immediately assumed the worst. While it’s never a good thing to have to appear in front of a judge, there’s nothing to worry about here for JR. For those of you who have never been issued a desk appearance ticket, JR will most likely show up, agree to pay a fine then go on his way.
Of course, I wouldn’t know that from experience, a friend told me about it.