Athlete's Surprise Encounter with This Terrifying Creature Adds Extra Sting to His Debut Tournament

Athlete's Surprise Encounter with This Terrifying Creature Adds Extra Sting to His Debut Tournament


J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest during his first college golf tournament — literally.

The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina A&T on the second day of the Elon Phoenix Invitational.

“To get stung on the basketball court or in an arena, never happens,” said Smith, now a freshman walk-on.

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“That’s one of the very few things you don’t have to worry about (in basketball) — other animals. When I got stung, I was like ‘No way.’”

The hornets just added to the sting of Smith’s birdie-less round of 8-over-par 79 on the Donald Ross-designed layout. Combined with his two rounds Monday, he finished at 29 over 240 — in 81st place out

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