J.R. Smith’s college debut took a scary turn on Tuesday.
After shooting 19 over during Monday’s 36-hole day at the Elon Phoenix Invitational, the former NBA player turned North Carolina A&T freshman was three holes into his final round when he was stung by what was believed to be several yellow jackets after aggravating a nest while searching for a wayward tee shot in the woods.
The incident happened on the par-5 12th hole at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, North Carolina. As Smith walked through the pine straw in search for his ball, the wheel of Smith’s push cart rolled over the opening to the underground nest. The yellow jackets immediately attacked, and video showed Smith running back toward the fairway while desperately trying to shoo the wasps off of him.
Smith and his group were granted a 15-minute break, and Smith was treated by medical personnel while the group behind played through.
“To get stung on the basketball court or in an arena, never happens,” Smith told The Associated Press. “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.’”
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