VIDEO has emerged of NBA star J.R. Smith kicking and punching a man who allegedly vandalized his car during the LA protests for George Floyd.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers player lands several blows on the head and torso of the man, who had been protesting in Fairfax on Sunday.
Smith strikes the man again and again until his friends interfere, and the assumed protester scurries away.
Addressing the incident in a video, the NBA free agent explained what happened.
“One of these motherf**king white boys didn’t know where he was going and broke my f**king window in my truck,” he said.
“Broke my sh*t.”
Smith went on to explain that his truck was parked in a residential area in Los Angeles and not near where stores were being looted.
He also confirmed that the incident was “not a hate crime,” but instead his problem with the “motherf**king system.”
“The motherf**ker broke my window and I whooped his a**, he didn’t know whose window he broke and he got his a** whooped.”
The death of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis sparked protests throughout America, with demonstrators calling for an end to police violence.
Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed in the now-viral video kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as George pleaded, “please don’t kill me” and said “I can’t breathe”, before losing consciousness.
Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case.
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