Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in face

19 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Clint Gray
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While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team.

Just hours before the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that Mirotic may miss a few weeks over the incident.

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Nikola Mirotic was admitted to hospital after taking a blow to the face fromChicago Bulls team mate Bobby Portis during a training session.

Both parties were aggressive leading up to the conflict, according to Bulls vice president John Paxson, but Portis threw the punch that ultimately landed him with his suspension. Mirotic later underwent tests and was diagnosed with a concussion in addition to a broken jaw and facial fractures from the fight. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake. They say they are "evaluating disciplinary action" after Tuesday's incident. We all know when you make mistakes, we got to suffer the consequences.

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Portis, entering his third season in the NBA since being taken in the first round by Chicago in the 2015 NBA Draft, received an eight-game suspension from Chicago, which announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely.

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