Smith was unavailable for comment. One member of the party at the bar, a 28-year-old schoolteacher named Kenny Brown, says that the dancers "provoked" the fight. And some who were not in the bar have sprung to Smith's defense, based on his unblemished past. Golden State general manager Dave Twardzik, who signed Smith to a three-year, $8.53 million contract last year, says, "You look at his past, and he's never been in any kind of trouble." And nobody stands behind Smith more resolutely than the person who says she knows him best. "Joe did not do that," says his mother, Letha, who lived with her son in the Bay Area during his rookie year. "He's not that type of person." The basketball world waits to see if there is—and hopes there isn't—a new Joe Smith.