Knicks’ J.R. Smith Arrested On Bench Warrant In Miami Beach
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — Miami Beach police say Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been arrested on a bench warrant for not having a valid driver’s license.
Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said the 26-year-old was stopped Thursday night on Washington Avenue in South Beach. A routine search revealed the bench warrant and he was arrested.
Details were not immediately available on what led police to stop Smith around 8:30 p.m.
Hernandez said Smith was taken to the Miami-Dade County jail, where officials said he bonded out early Friday.
No attorney was listed on jail records for Smith, whose legal name is Earl Joseph Smith.
This apparently wasn’t Smith’s first brush with the law due to license issues. He was busted in South Beach last year for “operating a scooter without a valid driver’s license,” according to TMZ.
Smith played in China during the NBA lockout last fall and signed with the Knicks during the peak of Linsanity.
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