Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended for Socking Teammate ... Breaking His Jaw

Aubrey Yates
October 18, 2017

The Bulls suspended Bobby Portis for eight games after he fought with Nikola Mirotic at practice on Tusday, reports the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson. The team will allow Portis to practice during his suspension. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake".

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. Portis has been suspended by the club and will face disciplinary charges.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Portis punched Mirotic in the face following a verbal altercation. He will likely need surgery.

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A source who spoke to Mirotic after he was released from the hospital said the forward suffered two fractures and placed an early estimate for his absence at "a few weeks, at least".

The Vertical first reported news of the altercation.

Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, and was expected to start for Chicago this season. The 22-year old Portis, who the Bulls selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, is reportedly scheduled for a phone call with NBA officials in NY today to discuss last night's fight. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed to stay with the Bulls.

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