Cavs’ J.R. Smith and wife Jewel share difficult family news about newborn baby

CLEVELAND (WCMH) — J.R. Smith and his wife Jewel Harris Smith released a video Saturday through the sports website Uninterrupted, saying their new baby arrived 5 months early.

Baby Dakota weighs only 1 pound, Harris said. She is 5 days old as of Saturday.

“We know we’re not the only family going through this, who has been through this, and who will ever go through it, that’s why we decided to share what we’re going through with you guys,” she said.

Harris asked everyone to keep the family in their prayers.

Smith is currently out of commission for the Cavs after needing thumb surgery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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