The Chicago Bulls suspended Bobby Portis for eight games after his involvement with the skirmish between he and his teammate Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic suffered a concussion and face fractures and it looked like Portis was the main culprit for the whole incident. However, reports have emerged that it was Mirotic who was the aggressor. Peter Vecsey from Patreon sheds light on what really happened:
Mirotic initiated the skirmish. “He was the aggressor, not Portis,” I am informed. “Mirotic shoved Portis twice, maybe three times. When Portis retaliated with a hard shove, Mirotic charged him. Portis put him down.”
Bulls’ executive John Paxson further explained after he announced Portis’ suspension, “Bobby Portis is not a bad person. He’s a good kid. He’s a competitive kid. But in this instance, he made a mistake. And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences”
Portis’ eight-game suspension will start on their first game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Mirotic, on the other hand, is reported to be out for 4-6 weeks due to injuries that he sustained. Rookie Lauri Markkanen is expected to play a bigger role given this incident.