Nuggets guard Smith issued summons for three charges

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, suspended by the
team for the first three games of the regular season, was issued a
summons on charges including assault after an incident at a night
club Oct. 13, court records show.

The team announced Saturday that Smith was suspended "for
conduct detrimental to the team," but no details were released.
Nuggets officials have declined to comment further.

Denver County Court records show Smith, whose full name is Earl
J. Smith, was issued a summons on charges of assault, disturbing
the peace, and destruction of private property for an incident Oct.

A court date was set for Oct. 29.

In a statement released by the team in its announcement of the
suspension, Smith apologized and said he hoped to learn from the

Last year, Smith served a 10-game suspension for his role in a
fight with the New York Knicks. Last summer, he was cited for
failure to stop at a stop sign and improper passing in a car crash
in New Jersey that killed his friend, Andre Bell, 21.

Denver opens the season Oct. 31 against Seattle.