Not surprised considering how JR Smith acts. They brought the projects across seas with them.
J.R. Smith’s stint with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association gets stranger and stranger, with reports out of China (via Deadpsin and CBS Sports) that his sister got into a physical altercation with two woman in the stands during the Golden Bulls’ game against the Bayi Rockets.
Smith’s sister reportedly got upset when her brother was hacked but no foul was called. She allegedly threw a bottle onto the court, and went on to choke a woman and shove another one, who happened to be 80 years old, according to the Deadspin report.
The game was delayed, and Smith went into the stands to restrain his sister, according to CBS Sports. After the game, Rockets fans demanded an apology and held up Smith's team's bus for 45 minutes.
Smith is understood to be trying to get out of his contract with Zhejiang so he can return to the NBA before the team’s season is over, something the Chinese league legislated against during the NBA lockout. Smith and the team had a disagreement over how to treat a knee injury he sustained—the team questioned whether he was even injured at all—and he reportedly missed three practices, claiming he was not feeling well, only to be found shopping in Shanghai.
One side note: The Bayi Rockets are the Chinese military team with which the Georgetown basketball team got into a bench-clearing brawl during the Hoyas’ tour of China last summer.