EXCLUSIVE: J.R. Smith – Pleas with Judge to Not Order Deposition in $2.5 Million Assault Suit, Says the Cavaliers are Killing It And He Can’t Miss Games
The Dirty can exclusively reveal J.R. Smith is pleading with a judge not to order him to be deposed – in the $2.5 million lawsuit accusing him of assaulting a 19-year-old — explaining he plays for the Cavaliers and they are killing it right now.
A teenager named Justin Brown sued Smith for allegedly attacking him outside a New York Pizza joint. He demanded over $2.5 million in damages from J.R. for the emotional distress, pain and humiliation he suffered.
J.R. refused a photo request and began threatening him and his friend. Things got worse and he claimed J.R. physically attacked him by striking him in the head despite him not being provoked.
The NBA star blasted the 19-year-old’s lawsuit and demanded the entire case be thrown out of court. He denied the allegations he assaulted the teen and said he caused him no harm.
Then recently, J.R. headed to court explaining his lawyers have had trouble reaching the plaintiff’s counsel. He says the teenager filed a proposed schedule for the case which has all depositions completed by June 1st.
J.R. says he is a professional basketball player in the NBA and cannot be deposed during the season and post-season (assuming his team continues on its current trajectory) … and he’s pleading for the judge to not force him to be deposed by that deadline but rather by August when the season will be long over.
The Cavaliers are currently number one for the NBA Eastern Conference.