Smalls, 43, was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening.
Norwalk police Sgt. Lisa Cotto said officers went to Small's home responding to a call of an armed subject shortly before midnight on Jan. 23, the paper reported.
Police interviewed a woman at the residence who claimed her husband threatened her with a knife after he found she cut off their cable, Cotto said. He was especially upset about losing the 24-hour sports network, ESPN.
Officials said a flat-blade kitchen knife was found on the bedroom floor. Small admitted to grabbing his wife and screaming at her, but denied threatening her with a knife, reported The Hour.
The wife told police she cancelled their cable because they could no longer afford it. However, Smalls claimed he was upset because they can afford cable service.
The newspaper reported a judge at Norwalk Superior Court issued a protective order for Small's wife, and continued the case until Feb. 10.