Cleanthony Early of the New York Knicks was the topic of conversations over the past few days because of a shooting incident in Queens, NY. The sophomore swingman was the victim of a robbery after the Uber car which he rode was the target of masked men who took his jewelry and eventually shot him on the knee.

Because of this incident, people’s opinions on NBA players’ nightlife swarmed different media outlets. One particular player also took his thoughts to Twitter. Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, a former teammate of Early had these to say in defense of athletes who love to be part of such late-hour happenings.

Smith himself can be an ambassador for NBA players who love the nightlife as he was a prominent fixture in New York City parties. He even got a bad reputation for it as this old habit seemed to have affected his play back in his Knicks days.

RELATED: The Best J.R. Smith Moments As A Cavalier

But J.R. Smith has since turned on a new leaf as soon as he arrived in Cleveland. Whether it’s by default or not, what matters is the type of player and contributor he has become for the Cavaliers.