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A man picked the wrong vehicle to allegedly try to vandalize during George Floyd-related protests in Los Angeles this weekend.
The car belonged to NBA player J.R. Smith who administered some instant self-help, otherwise known as street justice, to protect his property.
Smith, 34, kicked the man — who apparently tried to smash the car windows — several times in the head and then delivered a punch to the man’s noggin.
Smith stands 6’6″, so his shoe size and his upper body strength must be equally impressive, which the vandal evidently found out the hard way on Sunday.
After being on the receiving end of Smith’s ire, the vandal ran off.
The pro athlete’s friends on the scene came over to de-escalate the situation and apparently try to discourage anyone from filming what happened, although TMZ — which seems to be everywhere — gained access to the video clip.
Smith’s car was parked in a residential area in the Fairfax neighborhood “near the famous Flight Club sneaker shop, which had just been looted,” TMZ Sports noted.
According to media reports, there are no charges pending against Smith as a result of the incident.
This incident perhaps gives a new meaning to the word “footage.”
Smith must have known that the footage was about to be released by somebody because he preemptively took to social media to concisely explain what happened and to deflect any hate crime allegations (Warning: The video below is NSFW owing to language).
“Before you all see this s**t somewhere else, one of these little…white boys didn’t know where he was going and broke…window in my truck. Broke my s**t. This is a residential area. There wasn’t any stores over here…I chased him down and whooped his ass…This ain’t no hate crime. I ain’t got no problem with nobody ain’t got a problem with me. It’s a problem with the…system. That’s it…He didn’t know whose window he broke, and he got his ass whooped.”
The U.S. has been engulfed in civil unrest following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd while in police custody. The Trump administration has accused the far-left Antifa coalition of escalating the nationwide disturbances and is designating the group as a terrorist organization.
Smith played 15 years in the NBA although he is currently unsigned. The NBA season is, of course, on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He won an NBA championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Unfortunately, as a member of the Cavs, he is perhaps best known for dribbling out the clock with the score tied at the end of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA finals, a matchup that Cleveland would go one to lose to the Golden State Warriors.