J.R. Smith talks forgiveness years after deadly car crash

CLEVELAND– J.R. Smith has a lot of reasons to be thankful.

This year, the Cavaliers became NBA Champions; Smith married Jewel Harris, the mother of his two daughters; and he agreed to a four-year, $57 million deal with Cleveland.

But the Cavs shooting guard is also thankful for forgiveness. In a video posted on Uninterupted on Thanksgiving Day, Smith talked about forgiving himself following his involvement in a deadly car crash.

“I think a lot of people hold grudges and stuff that other people have said and done to them,” Smith said.

Smith was driving to his family’s house in New Jersey with two friends on June 9, 2007. He admitted running a stop sign and hitting another car. Prosecutors said he was going 67 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Smith, then 21, and his friend Andre Bell were ejected from the SUV. Bell fractured his skull and died two days later.

“I had never really forgave myself for. The family has and friends have. But I haven’t for myself. But I can honestly say I can live and deal with it through foregiveness,” Smith said.

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