Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 4/11/13
A judge has ruled on a jewelry company's claim that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith stole some jewelry including a chain with a diamond-studded Afro-American rendition of Jesus Christ hanging from it.  The judge ordered the NBA star to pay back $48,000 for the bling. A jewelry company called Lemmerman's just won the lawsuit for the reportedly purloined chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings — totaling $25,500 — but never paid for back in 2010, according to TMZ. The one Jesus pendant and chain cost roughly $15,000 by itself, said the gossip site. Lemmerman's sued the Knicks star — who has a Black Jesus tattooed on the left side of his chest — for $48,101.  The settlement included the jewelry bill, interest and attorney's fees — but Smith never responded to the suit. The former New Jersey prep star has been ordered to pay back the money ASAP but it's understandable that he isn't returning calls. The Knicks are on a 13-game win streak, so Smith's head may up in the heavens somewhere. But out of all the things someone would steal ... come on.
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