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Denver police reopen case in J.R. Smith incident

Aug 26, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for JRSmith_dunk.jpgAs we told you yesterday, police had been called out recently to the Denver Nuggets training facility after an on-court scuffle involving J.R. Smith turned violent.

Reports were that the incident involved Smith choking an unidentified player, but by the time police arrived everything had calmed and most of the people around had left. The District Attorney decided not to charge Smith.

Now police have re-opened the investigation, according to the Denver Post.

“Additional information has come forward,” [a police department spokeswoman] said. “A witness they hadn’t gotten before they’ve now interviewed and made a decision to reopen the case.”

The person Smith allegedly attacked and choked is Damien Lolar, a former West Texas A&M player who was for a time part of the D-League’s Colorado 14ers, according to a tweet.

As we said before, whether Smith did this or not, whether or not charges are filed, it does help grease his skids out of town. The Nuggets were reportedly actively trying to trade him prior to this incident.

  1. Skidog. - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    This is sad to see that JR hasn’t matured, to some extent I blame the owners, because they take these young kids out of high school and pay them large sums of money and the character of the player isn’t mature enough to handle the life style of the NBA. If u select a player out of high school the owners should have some type class in place to teach the pro’s and con’s of being a professional athelete. JR will learn the hard way that money and your talents can only take u so far, your “Character is PRICELESS.

  2. Vancouver - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    this is why it’s important to have an older veteran player on each team to tutor and mentor the younger players and have them grow into men, instead of punks who think violence is the ultimate solution to everything.
    I think some teams realize this concept of a veteran on their team as a mentor, but most don’t !

  3. QueensRepresent - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    For the record, JR Smith is a stand by guy who gives back to his community on a regular basis. Goes out of his way to share his talents with kids all over the country. Dont be ignorant and judge the guy based on a news blurb. You have no idea what went down.

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