National Basketball Association player J.R. Smith charged with breaking fan's phone

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He was released with a summons to appear in court at a later date on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

National Basketball Association star J.R. Smith has turned himself into police in NY - and has been charged with a crime - stemming from a July incident where he allegedly threw a cell phone, TMZ Sports has learned.

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He said Smith snatched away his phone and broke the screen by tossing it into a construction zone.

Asked to comment, the National Basketball Association champion's lawyer, Alex Spiro, said, "This is nonsense and we are not responding to nonsense".

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The incident took place in Chelsea near the 1 Oak nightclub, according to a report by the New York Daily News earlier this month. The charge stems from an incident on July 29 when Smith allegedly grabbed a fan's cell phone and threw it into a nearby construction site, damaging the estimated $800 device in the process.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) reacts after being defended by Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (not pictured) during the second half in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

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