I always disliked Smush Parker as a player during his time with the Lakers, and if the following is true, I now have good reason to dislike him as a person. The Heat are officially investigating an incident involving Smush, a female valet attendant, and a parking fee of $12.
A Miami woman earlier this week accused Parker of twisting her arm over a dispute over a valet fee. She reportedly is seeking criminal charges against Parker ...
The Miami Herald reported that Yomaira McKenzie said Parker "lost it" Tuesday morning when he was asked to pay the $12 valet parking charged he owed at a condo building.
Denied his keys until he settled his debt, Parker allegedly pushed a valet podium and grabbed McKenzie's arm, according to the police report. Parker was not arrested or charged at the scene.
Pat Riley added that until the investigation is concluded, Smush will not be with the team and will remain on the inactive list, although he technically wasn't suspended. Whatever, Smush hasn't exactly been a major factor for the Heat this season, averaging 4.8 points in 20 minutes of action per game, and Riley was probably looking for a reason not to play him anyway.
As for the incident itself, Smush isn't exactly a math major, is he? Most of us have had issues with parking attendants, but for a guy that just inked a two year, $4.6 million dollar deal, you would think he could see that $12 is a completely inconsequential amount of money. All Smush had to do was pay the twelve bucks, drop a few choice profanities on the woman, and he would have been done with it. Instead, by getting violent with a member of the opposite sex, Smush now comes off as being even more flaccid than he was last season.